In the US: Mondays, 9/8c, NBC In the UK:Channel 4. Starting in October
Remember Flash Forward (maybe you had a flashback as soon as I asked that)? Brace yourself, because here's something that at first looks quite similar but hopefully won't prove to be so frustrating.
The Event is a complex bit of weirdness. You can't be sure exactly what The Event is. The entire pilot episode is told in multiple flashback. You know that a regular guy (Jason Ritter - The Class, Parenthood), taking his fiancée on a cruise, ends up hijacking a plane. You know that the President of the United States (Blair Underwood - LA Law, In Treatment) is going to shut down a weird facility in Alaska that does research on what seems like people. You know he's going to call a press conference to announce something that the CIA et al don't want him to.
But after that and the first episode, it's all a mystery filled with a whole load of questions. And it's surprisingly engrossing, even if you do have the feeling that just like with FlashForward you are going to be strung along for a while - but, fingers crossed, only for a while.
In the US: Mondays, 10/9c, CBS In the UK:Bravo in October (assuming it's still around by then)
I don't know about you, but I have hazy memories of the original Hawaii Five-O. Steve McGarrett with a quiff, a bloke called Danno, it was all set on Hawaii, it had a cool theme tune and a cool title sequence, and it was about the police. I suspect I'm not uncommon in this regard, so before anyone starts complaining about sacrilege, just ask yourself exactly how well you remember the original.
There are other reasons to complain, so why let yourself be an open target like that?
This time, as well as a very slight renaming - Five-O is now Five-0 - we have an entirely new plot that still homages the original. Navy intelligence officer (and terrorist hunter) Steve McGarrett - Alex O'Loughlin, whom you might remember from Moonlight and probably won't remember from Three Rivers - decides to return home to Hawaii when terrorists strike close to home. When offered the chance by Hawaii's governor to run a special police unit that's above law, he hesitates a bit, before assembling a motley team of crime fighters, including an old quarterback friend of his (Daniel Dae Kim from Lost), his cousin (Grace Park from BSG and The Border) and a New Jersey cop (Scott Caan from Ocean's 11) who's transferred over so he can be closer to his daughter.
He's a neo-con Supreme Court judge! His late dad's a famous liberal! He feels guilty so jacks it all in to become a crusading lawyer, fighting to change the law and he's going to make himself some enemies! He's Jimmy Smits and he's an Outlaw!
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.