TV Commentary

Snap Judgment: CBS' Fall Lineup

Hugh Jackman's ''Viva Laughlin'' looks good, while youngsters creating a society for ''Kid Nation'' could go either way. As for vampire drama ''Moonlight''...OK, we'll say it: We fear it might suck

VIVA LAUGHLIN Jackman exec produces and guest stars in the series that seems like a promising gamble for CBS this fall
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VIVA LAUGHLIN Jackman exec produces and guest stars in the series that seems like a promising gamble for CBS this fall

EW continues its look at the broadcast networks' upfront lineup announcements with a peek at CBS's fall shows and our snap judgments on what to expect.

MOST PROMISING

Viva Laughlin
At least it's not a procedural. What it is: A gambling story-slash-musical set around a Nevada casino. Think semi-regular Hugh Jackman as a big-shot moneyman, crooning ''Sympathy for the Devil.'' Based on the BBC series Blackpool, Laughlin might be quite strange, could be awesome, but will certainly be memorable.

LEAST PROMISING

Moonlight
You've got to appreciate a vampire who doesn't wear the usual gothic frills and leather. But this bland, crime-fighting bloodsucker (Australian Alex O'Loughlin), sporting V-necks and a puppy-dog eyes is so uncharismatic he's asking for a quick stake in the heart.

REALLY, REALLY HARD TO SAY

Kid Nation
Forty kids have 40 days to create a working town without parents, slopping latrines, sharing cooking duties, and assembling a government. The best citizens earn gold stars worth $20,000. Quite appealing for those who want to see today's hyper-nurtured kids get some real-life work under their belts. But watching a bunch of 8- to 15-year-olds weep and snap under the stress is a bit unsettling. It all depends on how it's ultimately handled: Kid Nation could become an addiction or an exploitive mess.

Originally posted May 17, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints