Wednesday, August 22, 2007

All done!

I made it through the last of the fall premieres on my lunch today. "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" wrapped up the list - it's a spin-off of the Terminator franchise.

The fall premiere season is a little more organized this year than it has in the past, mostly because Fox isn't launching a bunch of shows at the end of August to give them a head start before the baseball postseason. The premieres don't really get rolling until the week of Sept. 16. Not coincidentally, you can read my preview on Sept. 16.

Here's a tiny taste, though: If you can squeeze one new show into your schedule, try "Pushing Daisies" on ABC. If you can squeeze two more in, try the CW's "Reaper." And if you've got room for three, add NBC's "Chuck."

"Chuck" and "Reaper" are actually the same show, except that features a collector for Satan and the other is about a tech support guy at Circuit City. Don't let that confuse you, though. They're both Judd Apatow wanna-bes. Whereas "Pushing Daisies" is a Tim Burton wanna-be.

Anyway, much, much, much more to come.


At 7:56 AM, August 23, 2007, Blogger Eli the Mad (Beer) Man said...

Can you give us just a teeny tiny hint about "The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Like... is it gonna be worth watching? Absolutely HUGE Terminator fan, so I'm very curious about this.

At 8:32 AM, August 23, 2007, Blogger AndyW said...

Worth watching... worth watching... well, I didn't hate it. The problem is that it's covering some extremely well-trod ground at this point. Well, that, and, of course, no Arnold.

Also, the actress they have playing Sarah Connor is no Linda Hamilton, not to mention that, as in T2, John Connor is naturally the center of attention, making the Sarah character extraneous for long periods of time.

There's also some pretty baldfaced deus ex machina to push the plot forward.

The kid playing John is pretty good, and they've got Summer Glau actually sort of reprising her role from "Firefly." Ahem. Big hint there.

I loved everything about T1, but that was a horror movie - really no different than "Alien." You can't make a horror movie into a TV show (except for an episode or so, like "Hush" on Buffy). But the set-up is the same from the movies to the show: Killer machines chasing the Connors.

Unless they can come up with some fresh wrinkles - and they didn't in the pilot - there's no suspense there, because the whole show depends on Sarah and John not dying.

I don't see it working or catching on, but I liked it just enough to wish it had been done a little smarter.


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