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More series debuts Sept. 20: Unreviews of Lone Star, The Event, Chase

In television on 09/20/2010 at 6:43 am

Here are three new shows debuting Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 that I have not previewed. Not that I don’t have opions of course. Please enjoy these three unreviews.

Series name
Lone Star

Debuts
Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox and Global

Regularly airs
Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox and Global

Premise
Bob is happily married to Cat, daughter of an oil baron. Robert has a lovely, naive girlfriend named Lindsay. Lucky lads who happen to be two sides of the same con man, lives lived on opposite sides of Texas. Happy existence, what with the oil millions he’s hoping to get and the investment bilking going on in the innocent girlfriend’s neighbourhood. But the balance is thrown off when someone threatens to expose him. Holy Texas two-step!

Primary cast and crew

James Wolk (also soon to be seen in the new movie You Again) is Robert/Bob Allen, whose response to the threat of exposure is to consider going legit.

Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights, South Beach) is Cat Thatcher, rich wife, daughter.

Eloise Mumford (Crash) is Lindsay, the girlfriend.

Jon Voight (24, National Treasure: Book of Secrets) is Clint Thatcher, oil magnate and father to Cat.

David Keith (The Class) is John Allen, who raised Bob/Robert to be the schemer he is. Lucky that Bob can finally fulfill John’s wish to clean out the Thatcher fortune. Only now Bob/Robert is going soft and considering going legit. Best line from the trailer: “This is a house of cards. You don’t get to LIVE in it!”

Mark Deklin (Better Off Ted) is Trammell Thatcher and he’s got a bean up his nose about Clint’s fondness for Bob. Plus his name is Trammell. No wonder he’s grumpy. Wait, “bean up his nose” is not part of your lexicon? Pity.

Bryce Johnson (Pretty Little Liars) is Drew Thatcher, youngest Thatcher son of the dynasty who is not taken seriously by anyone but Bob.

The unreview: After NOT having seen the pilot I predict…
I have a big fear of soap opera, not that I judge it (complete lie), but it’s the highest-maintenance form of TV drama and I’m still smarting from the collapse of Heroes and the departure of Lost. I’m not in the market, although I will say the trailer is very Friday Night Lights (or is that because of Tara, I mean Adrianne Palicki, and the Texas locales?).

Other reviews
Three reviews are tallied at Metacritic, with an average of 75. I like People’s review by Tom Gliatto: “This is Dallas with out all the barbecue sauce, a soap about dynastic Texans that feels closer to Friday Night Lights in its understated leanness.”


Series name
The Event

Debuts
Monday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC and Citytv

Regularly airs
Mondays at 9 p.m. ET

Premise
“In our history, there have been few events that have shaped mankind. The next event is upon us.” That event is … at the same time or somewhat connected to or … maybe just coincidental to: an assassination attempt, some guy’s girl going awol on vacation, 97 detainees in a secret location with a research lab, something involving a commercial flight and some other stuff. The president is involved or trying to be and there are many layers or levels or nesting dolls or whatever mystery metaphor you like.

Primary cast and crew

Jason Ritter (Parenthood, The Class) is Sean Walker, guy who wishes he’d never gone on vacation.

Blair Underwood (In Treatment) is President Elias Martinez, good man who really wants to know what’s going on.

Laura Innes (ER) is Sophia Maguire, leader of this group of detainees.

Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls) is father to Sean’s missing girlfriend.

Zeljko Ivanek (Damages) is a mysterious man attached to the CIA coverup of the 97 detainees and, I’m guessing, other nefarious stuff.

The unreview: After NOT having seen the pilot I predict…
Many writers, my humble self included, resort on occasion to defining a subject by first listing what it is not. Done properly, it’s a fun, suspenseful and illuminating exercise. It also gets real old, real fast. I am so sick of hear what The Event is NOT that I am losing interest before it is even revealed. That plus the print ads in magazines like Entertainment Weekly feature such a disturbing photo of series star Jason Ritter that I’m not sure I want to know what made him look that freaked out. All I can say is this Event better be worth checking out. Which I will.

Other reviews
Metacritic has only three reviews, but he average is 77 out of 100. I like this assessment, from People: “I look forward to The Payoff.”

Series name
Chase

Debuts
Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, 10 p.m. ET on NBC and Citytv

Regularly airs
Mondays at 10 p.m. ET

Premise
U.S marshals hunting bad guys in Texas. You’ll be able to spot the Jerry Bruckheimer signature a mile away.

Primary cast and crew

Kelli Giddish (Past Life) is U.S. Marshal Annie Frost, straight-talkin’, big-hearted gun-totin’ Annie.

Cole Hauser (K-Ville) is Jimmy Godfrey, fellow marshal, also cowboy.

Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break) is Marco Martinez, another marshal who specializes in intelligence and likes to talk.

Rose Rollins (The L Word) is Daisy Ogbaa, weapons and tactical.

Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives) is Luke Watson, the new guy.

The unreview: After NOT having seen the pilot I predict…
If “less talk, more action” is what you often yell at the TV (or is that just in my house?), you might like this fast-paced action. Plus, from at least the trailer, this Annie looks very likeable.

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for my select list of fall 2010 premieres and other important dates. Who am I to tell you what to do, but you could consider bookmarking it…

— Denise Duguay

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