11 06:52 PM EST
Tonight: American Embassy (Fox)
by Marc Berman
the title to American Embassy, Fox is probably looking to place
more of the emphasis on an ensemble piece than a show just about
a character named Emma Brody. And that's a smart thing to do given
the breakout potential of other players like Emma's boss (Jonathan
Polk) and neighbor (Michael Cerveris). If Fox can recognize that
no new show in this time period is likely to even (immediately)
match the ratings of a now declining Ally McBeal (news - Y! TV),
the kind of patience it had with Ally in its early low-rated days
could pay off. If you're a fan of The West Wing (news - web sites)
and remember the nostalgic days of That Girl, combine the two and
you have American Embassy. And that's not such a bad combination.
Monday 9 p.m.
-Lead-in: Boston Public (news - Y! TV)
In this six-week replacement for the waning Ally McBeal, Arija Bareikis
is featured as Emma Brody (which was the original title of this
series), a former Toledo, Ohio resident who accepts a job as vice
consul at the U.S. Embassy in London.
-Odds of Survival
(based on 1-1 to 10-1): 5-1
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