In the US: Mondays, 9/8c, Fox. Starts September 21
In the UK: Not yet acquired
Ah, movie spin-offs. How I miss them. There used to be a time when the airwaves were crammed with them. But ever since film became the lesser cousin of TV and TV decided books, comics, other countries’ TV and - heavens to Murgatroyd - original ideas were better than two robots hitting each other, film adaptations have been hard to come by.
As nostalgia-tinged as that last paragraph was, now I think about it, most movie spin-offs were dreadful, tepid versions of their source material, adding nothing original and being content to merely spread everything good about the movie thinner and thinner over multiple episodes.
Why am I thinking about it? Because now we have a spin-off of 2002’s Minority Report, a pretty good Tom Cruise/Steven Spielberg flick based on a Philip K Dick story about future cops who have access to a group of psychics who can predict the future and stop crimes before they actually happen. Set a decade after the original, the series sees one of those ‘precogs’ trying to prevent crimes by himself but failing - until he teams up with a cop tired of turning up after crimes have been committed and wanting to make a different kind of difference.
And this new series is as uninspiringly bland as all those previous movie spin-offs.
Happy days! Jumpers for goalposts, hmm?