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Sunday, September 30, 2007

I have a few more pilots on this DVD a publicist was kind enough to send me. CANTERBURY'S LAW is "centered on Elizabeth Canterbury (Margulies), a tough-minded defense attorney who isn't afraid to push boundaries in order to protect innocent clients."

Um... isn't that SHARK? But without James Woods?

I'll also pass on the new Jimmy Smits vehicle, CANE, 'cause, as DMc so aptly put it, zzzzzzZzzzzzzzzzzzzZZzzzzzz.

As I recall from reading DESPERATE NETWORKS, CSI was picked up because a network exec asked a showrunner about the new Tony Danza vehicle, and got the response, "Isn't it enough with that guy, already?" That's how I feel about Jimmy Smits. Isn't it enough with that guy already?

I checked out SWINGTOWN, but couldn't find a reason to keep watching after the first act. Suburban swingers in 1976. I care why? If you're going to create a series about 1976, shouldn't it bear some relevance to now, possibly by providing counterpoint (are we more truly liberated now? and yet more puritanical?). I didn't see what that was going to be. I have limited time. Click.

On my DVR: CHUCK, JOURNEYMAN (though it may stay there; I dunno), MAD MEN, JEKYLL, HEROES, 30 ROCK. And October 5: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS!

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6 Comments:

you got one good show there, mad men

By Blogger Allen, at 10:00 PM  

I had no interest in Journeyman until I watched it. Despite the heavy Quantum Leap comparisons, it was really good. I recommend it. Most surprising pilot for me so far.

By Blogger Scott, at 11:18 PM  

I was blown away by the Mad Men pilot and been watching every episode since then, but... Is it just me or have none of the episodes lived up to the pilot?

The stories being told are great and all, but the tightness of the pilot has yet to be matched.

By Blogger Elver, at 2:14 AM  

I couldn't agree more about Swingtown. Couldn't get through it. Ditto for Lipstick Jungle, Women's Murder Club and Cashmere Mafia. It's not turning out to be a stellar pilot season is it?

By Blogger Jill Golick, at 9:34 AM  

I agree with Scott. Journeyman was surprisingly good.

By Blogger Emily Blake, at 12:13 PM  

Don't know what it is about the "lost in time" supernatural scthick that gets me (Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, The Time Traveler's Wife, Quantum Leap, Daybreak [does that count?], and Heroes?), but Journeyman still has me.

Like most of the other ones, it feels like it has heart. Maybe it's the mystery. Maybe it somehow addresses something existential about a certain lack of control we all have. I don't know what it is, but it usally captures my attention.

Seriously, though, when the protagonist had a head ache and some of the special effects use to create the "time travel transition," I was thinking Charlie Jade.

By Blogger The_Lex, at 5:34 PM  

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