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  • Yogabon
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    Hi Robin,
    Any interest in the up-coming Network shows?
    eg. "Go On", "Revolution" etc...
    Bonita

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    That's a very good question. I will review all the pilots as they appear in the Blogs section. I have seen both "Go On" and "Animal Practice" but didn't think much of either. I will write a proper review but both just seemed ok.

    As for the dramas, I have almost zero expectations at this point. Since Lost we have had Heroes, Flashforward, Alcatraz, Terra Nova, Alphas, Falling Skies etc. None of them have had good stories or characters. Some have briefly had one or the other but never came close to putting them together in one package.

    I don't think the broadcast networks yet understand how to make a non-procedural drama. In a way Lost was bad for them because it has set a template that they keep trying to repeat. Lost worked so well because it was a procedural show during its first season. It was just a very clever one.

    So what do we make of 666 Park Avenue (ABC),
    Last Resort (ABC) and Revolution (NBC) which all have the Lost vibe. 666 Park Avenue is about people doing deals with the devil. Revolution is a world with no electricity. Last Resort is about a submarine crew who lands on an island and starts a new country. Each one sounds really fun on paper but until I see them I remain unremittingly cynical.

    The only other show which I will keep a flicker of hope for is Vegas (CBS). It's another 1960s show about gangsters and police in Las Vegas with Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and Carrie-Anne Moss. We'll see...

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