Thursday, August 17, 2006

Really, the last of the previews

Remember "Groundhog's Day"? Bill Murray plays a weatherman doomed to repeat a single day over and over again.It's considered a bit of a modern classic. "Daybreak" is the same thing, only as a crime drama. Taye Diggs stars as a cop framed for murder and hunted by a shadowy conspiracy. Over and over again. Actually, this will remind you more of "24" than "Groundhog's Day." The action is intense, the acting pretty good (well, better than "24" for what it's worth). And, in the pilot at least, the premise stays fresh. Looks like a winner to me.

The CW's only new drama, "Runaway" stars Donnie Wahlberg as a lawyer framed for murder and forced on the lamb with his whole famly. The premise works kinda well, but it the characters feels a little awkward. And why is the family along for this thrill ride? I guess it's that WB DNA showing -- anything can be turned into a teen drama. I'm not left feeling like I want to spend more time with this family. Also, Donnie' s forehead is just as creepy looking as it is in the ads.

So that's the fall season (if you look back through the archives here on the blog)... pretty good stuff, in my considered opinion. We'll have a complete roundup in the paper Sept. 2 -- yeah, we'll miss the premieres of Fox's "Vanished" and "Justice," but no big whoop there. If you've been following along with me, there won't be much new in the reviews, but clip 'n save anyway since we'll have the schedules and premiere dates in one handy, easy-to-use package.


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