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New series debut: Chaos on Friday, April 1

In television on 04/01/2011 at 10:18 am

Series name
Chaos

Debuts
Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS on Global

Regularly airs
Friday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and Global

Premise
A real and serious-minded spy is shoe-horned into the CIA’s B-team with a mind to expose their … incompetence? But never underestimate the Chaos crew.

Primary cast and crew
Freddy Rodriguez (Ugly Betty, Six Feet Under) is Rick Martinez, the new guy who is insufferably earnest and, well, he gets stuck with a lot of new-guy jobs.
Eric Close (Without a Trace, Now and Again) is Michael Dorset, leader of the pack.
Tim Blake Nelson (Syriana, Minority Report, Leaves of Grass) is Casey Malick. He’s a human weapon. Uh huh.
James Murray (Primeval) is Billy Collins, Scottish rogue (not as in off the grid, but as in charmer).
Kurtwood Smith (That 70s Show) is H.J. Higgins is the boss, described by CBS as a “calculating mastermind” and I’m pretty sure there’s a little evil in there somewhere.

But what do I know anyway? After NOT having seen the pilot I predict…
I like the cast, the trailer looks snappy and I could use a bit of silly on Friday nights, especially while Fringe takes a couple of weeks off, and also to lighten the mood before a very sombre dose of the increasingly insufferable Donnie Wahlberg on Blue Bloods.

Other reviews
Metacritic cites 11 reviews with an average rating of 54 out of 100. Most reference jarring shifts in tone and writing that is not sharp enough for the subject matter of tracking terrorists.

— Denise Duguay

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