I've heard nothing but good-to-great things about Breaking Bad, but it's one of those shows that gets written up A LOT as a critical darling. It falls into the "people who get paid for this are already doing this, and doing it well" category for me.
It's because of this that I'm hoping Firefly won't be the first show chosen. Great show, but I just learned that Alan Sepinwall is reviewing it over the summer on Hitfix, and I really don't need any help looking worse-by-comparison on a week to week basis. I'd prefer to revisit it after I've gotten a few other shows under my proverbial belt.
Carnivale, Deadwood and Twin Peaks (the other three apparent frontrunners), however, could all do with a second-look, and would all make me really happy to start off with.
Part of the point (and personal appeal) of this column is that I'll need to switch up my approach based on the show you've selected. As Evi points out, not every show there deserves an in-depth examination. If you pick Carnivale I'll have plenty of thematic and reference material to talk about. If you guys elect to watch The Tick, my approach to writing about it is going to change significantly and focus on, say, surrealism and comedy on television, or on Ben Edlund, or on whatever is interesting to me at that moment about that show. I think that's fun, will allow me to stretch different "muscles" on a pretty regular basis, and will hopefully keep things fresh n' groovy for all of you.
The best part about it? If The Tick holds no interest for you as a subject for these columns you can vote it down every two weeks and cancel it all over again. Or, you can go along for the ride knowing that after a season or so there'll be something else that you'll enjoy more.
The next round of full-on voting (which'll happen once we successfully make it to the end of a series) will only feature half of this initial list, and it'll be the half that didn't recieve as many votes (like, say, The Middleman). After that, it'll be the other half of the list, containing the top-voted shows (So if, say, Carnivale doesn't get picked this time you can choose it then). That should keep things interesting and unpredictable, and ensure that all of these lil' orphans get a shot at the spotlight.