There are plenty of reasons to sorry for Kelsey Grammer. Let's confine ourselves to the TV ones, though.
He's been in two of the most popular and best sitcoms in history: Cheers and Frasier. So, everything since has been something of a comedown.
He's been involved in some truly awful drek since, including Back To You. You've got to feel sorry for him for that.
And whatever he's been in, he's played a character you're not exactly supposed to love. In fact, he always plays some pompous twat who has to experience major humiliation with almost every episode.
Now we have Hank, in which Grammer becomes a human piñata for America's viewing pleasure: a former CEO ousted from his company and forced to downsize in the country. He gets a crap house, a family bitter with him for never being there, and an everyman brother-in-law who takes great pleasure in seeing the misery that Hank now has to endure.
Here in the jolly old UK, we have a programme called Casualty. It's set in a busy A&E department (aka ER) and has been running for over two decades, yet is even more formulaic than House*.
Basically, each episode starts with a load of normal everyday people going about their business. Nothing seems out of the ordinary, and then something really ridiculous happens (car flips over while stationary, man swallows Amazonian tree frog while walking a dog, woman attacked by TB-crazed badger in the middle of a cinema) that results in horrific and terrible wounds, requiring the immediate arrival of an ambulance full of brave paramedics - who then spend most of the time agonising about their soap opera-like relationships.
Trouble is Casualty is very badly written, very badly acted and looks appalling since the budget's about £2.50 a week.
Well, hey ho and away we go, America has its own version of Casualty with two big differences to ours:
The cast is hotter
The production values are better
But that's it's. Otherwise, they're the same "dumb as a box of hammers" show.
In the US: Monday September 28, 9/8c, Fox In the UK: Thursday October 8, 10pm, Sky 1/Sky 1 HD
As you can imagine, with so much TV for me to watch and review, there's a certain discipline involved if I'm ever going to have a life (arguably, I still need to get one). Thankfully, chez moi, the Carusometer is in charge, and once it's passed its third-episode verdict, I abide by its ruling decision and ditch a programme it doesn't rate.
Lie to Me I dropped after the third episode, on the general grounds that while the Carusometer loved Tim Roth, it thought the rest of the cast rubbish, the format ludicrous and too much an obvious copy of House's and Bones's, and the plots mediocre.
But Shawn Ryan, former exec producer on the now-defunct The Shield and The Unit, took over as show runner for this season. He's been making interesting noises during interviews, that suggested he could see the flaws in the show, too. So I decided to leap back for the premiere episode of the second season to see if there are notable improvements.
It's definitely better, but there are still serious flaws. Good old Carusometer. It's always right.
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.