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Fall TV 2010: NBC Week 2 Preview

The Event

NBC had a mix bag last week in terms of success stories and I am going to break it down night by night and tell you what looks good coming up.

MONDAY

Chuck was fun, and as always it never makes a ratings impact on Monday nights, the good news is that is sustained last years numbers and creatively, it is still finding ways to change-up the formal (Beckman rocks!). This week, the Old Spice guy is new the Greta, and we see Sarah kick some ass.

The Event was NBC’s big winner last week gaining great demo numbers and over 12 million viewers. Plus with the encore airings, even more eyes saw the plane disappear but I can tell you that is not “The Event.” The next two episodes which I have seen, including tonight’s, are chock full of answers, from who is Sophia, where is the plane, what happened, and where do our characters ly. I must admit, I had my extreme hesitations but this one is one to watch because both the next two hours, are VERY strong. Chase, with guest star Robert Knepper (Prison Break), continues to fit the baddies, and in the ratings did very respectable, nothing to talk about, but if it keeps it up, NBC will have a solid hour.

TUESDAY

The Biggest Loser is the stablest of shows on NBC’s slate but Parenthood, is showing varying signs. First the bad news, the ratings are anything but stellar, but the demos are constant and continue to perform well in the crowed timeslot, but the real test will be against CBS’s The Good Wife this week. Speaking of this week, the episode is a great showcase for Lauren Graham’s Sarah who has great banter with Billy Baldwin.

WEDNESDAY

I am not going to go to in-depth with Wednesday as look for a feature this week, but Undercovers under-delivered, and SVU continues to get those emotions rocking. How great were Henry Ian Cusiak and Joan Cusack?! This week, Jennifer Love Hewitt guests in a case that also brings Detective Benson to LA, to lead off the premiere of Law and Order: LA. Check back later for more.

THURSDAY

Community, Community, let’s make it happen people. The NBC comedies came in stronger than ever, creatively that is, but in the ratings, this night is no longer must-see TV for a lot of America. 30 Rock did good in its new earlier time-slot, but how funny was that premiere, hilarious, and Community kept its season 1 numbers which I guess is good. The Office delivered a fun episode but is not what is use to be, and America what is wrong with you? Why are you watching Outsourced? Stop, NOW.

FRIDAY

Wasteland! Outlaw did not even make a dent in its regular slot against CBS with the premiere of Blue Bloods, but coming on the 15th the new feel-good reality School Pride, that I am certainly excited for.

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Fall TV 2010: My Reviews of NBC Mondays of Chuck, Chase, and The Event

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, NBC is rebuilding and for Mondays, then are making it or trying to get it to be action-packed, do they succeed?…

What NBC Says about Chase and The Event:

“Chase” is a fast-paced drama from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer (“CSI” franchise, “The Amazing Race,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) and executive producer Jennifer Johnson (“Cold Case”) that drops viewers smack into the middle of a game of cat-and-mouse as a team of U.S. marshals hunts down America’s most dangerous fugitives. Kelli Giddish (“Past Life”) stars as U.S. Marshal Annie Frost, a cowboy boot-wearing deputy whose sharp mind and unique Texas upbringing help her track down the violent criminals on the run. Cole Hauser (“K-Ville”), Amaury Nolasco (“Prison Break”), Rose Rollins (“The L Word”) and Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives”) also star as members of Frost’s elite team.

“The Event” is an emotional, high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, “The Class”), an Everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his fiancee, Leila (Sarah Roemer, “Disturbia”), and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history. Sean’s quest will send ripples through the lives of an eclectic band of strangers, including: newly elected U.S. President Martinez (Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, “Dirty Sexy Money”); Sophia (Emmy Award nominee Laura Innes, “ER”), who is the leader of a mysterious group of detainees; and Sean’s shadowy father-in-law (Scott Patterson, “Gilmore Girls”). Their futures are on a collision course in a global conspiracy that could ultimately change the fate of mankind. Ian Anthony Dale (“Daybreak”) and Emmy winner Zeljko Ivanek (“Damages”) also star in the ensemble drama.

I enjoy action, I enjoy character, and I enjoy intrigue, and when I read all the pilot scripts last winter, one certainly peaked my interested. Chase. That series eventually went to NBC, and was picked up, and now with the pilot airing tonight at 10/9c, I find myself still enjoying it. Chase is not NBC’s big hope, that honor goes to The Event, which I will talk about in a bit, but Chase is something that takes a over-used subject (U.S. Marshalls) and makes it all about the action, and it is damn good action. Ironically, the “chase” sequences are of movie-like quality thanks to the kickass Kelli Giddish, but the series lacks in one thing, the script was featuring, character. Our lead Annie Frost (Giddish), is nothing more than a eye-piece into the world, and not a woman we know and I can only hope they explore that soon, and more characters I wish they would explore are on the show preceding it.

The Event is this TV season’s new seralized series, last year it was FlashForward and we all know how that turned out, and the future is certainly unclear for NBC’s offering which sure packs a lot in the first 44 minutes. The series lead, Jason Ritter (right), is awesome and nieve, and fun, and the show is a trip. The pilot is created in such a weird narrative structure, jumping time, characters every act, and you have to pay attention to get a glimpse in the world creator Nick Wauters is trying to create. No, the “Event” seemingly does not happen in the pilot, or does it, and it is a mystery the creators promised will be answered early, and if it’s not, then it may not be worth your time.

The Event is certainly an ensemble show from Blair Underwood as the President, Laura Innes as a mysterious detaniee to Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls) as a loving father, and even Emmy-winner Zeljko Ivanek as the CIA director, and the ensemble rocks, as is the same with Chuck, which enters its FOURTH (!!) season tonight at 8/7c.

The season premiere is as Chuck always does, a series-changer of sorts, setting a new structure for the new year, as Chuck, Sarah, and Casey are battling new foes in their personal and professional spy lives. It is a smile-fest. I could not take a huge grin off my face the entire time I was watching, and you will see your favorite characters in a whole new life, including General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy, now a series regular) as well as the staple, Buy More, which is now a CIA/NSA headquarters. Chuck gives us smiles, The Event gives us things to think about, and Chase gives us that action we crave, the new NBC Mondays are one to watch, starting tonight at 8/7c, and for the sake of broadcast television as a whole, lets all hope it works out.