My TiVo picked up on a new ABC show, The Days, which tells (in Grand Cliché Style) the story of a Philadelphia upper-middle-class family and its various problems as seen through the eyes of the stoner middle child.
There's the all-American oldest daughter who's just learned she's pregnant and can't play in the Big Soccer Game—or she can, if she just conceals her condition (gasp!). The youngeset son, a Harry Potter lookalike, has a sky-high IQ—in true TV-and-film style, this is plainly evident because he wears glasses—but still experiences panic attacks during tests (gasp!). The father, a corporate lawyer, quits his job in disgust over the idiocy of the world, but of course he does this at the Worst Possible Time for the rest of the family (gasp!). The mother's the new creative director of a Philadelphia ad agency, but her kids always come first (gasp!).
And then there's the middle son, the stoner from whose perspective we see the action—even though he's not around for all of it, or even most of it—who's wise beyond his years (thank God for those network scriptwriters) and who apparently has a limitless wardrobe of black t-shirts and dark denim pants.
They're using the Handheld TwitchCam filming style, with a lot of sudden sideways shifts and quick zooms and pans, especially when one of the characters is in a close-up. Most annoying.
So it'll probably last a few years.