Hear It from the Boys

Drama's new young men share their feelings--whether other young men are interested or not

A YEAR AFTER THE RATINGS SHOWED A drop-off in young male viewers of broadcast TV, it's not surprising to see three new shows about teenage boys. More surprising is what the boys are doing: wrestling with moral dilemmas, sorting out their ambitions, making sense of relationships.

Dude. How wussy.

The shows that feature the teen-boy class of 2004 have less to do with what young men will watch other young men do on TV (execute a 360? slam dunk, eat animal entrails, punk Justin Timberlake) than with how other people see teen boys. In CBS's Clubhouse (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. E.T.), 16-year-old...