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ABC’s ‘V’ to premiere in November


As a huge fan of the original cheese-tastic ’80s miniseries, I’ve been looking forward to ABC’s remake of “V,” starring Elizabeth Mitchell from “Lost.”

Over the weekend, the network finally announced the show’s premiere date: Tues., Nov. 3. That’s late for a season premiere, but earlier than expected, since the series had been trumpeted as a mid-season replacement. (Maybe it’s a quarter-season replacement?)

Anyway, as you can see from the official trailer, the original “V” premise remains the same.

Aliens come to Earth pledging peace and offering to share scientific and technologic advances. But this helpful facade is literally skin-deep; there’s something evil going on with these Visitors. A group of resistance fighters develop, including Mitchell’s FBI counter-terrorism agent, to out the V’ secrets.

I was lucky enough to catch an early peek at the pilot episode, and while I’m disappointed that none of the Visitors snacked on rats, the series looks incredibly promising. For one, the production value is super-slick (hey, the original was in 1983!) and the plot hasn’t deviated greatly from the source material.

For instance, we’ve still got a sexy-creepy female leader of the Visitors, traitor aliens working to help the humans, an ambitious TV anchor willing to overlook journalistic and moral ethics, and a potential boy-meets-Visitor love match.

It’s very cool to see all these winks at the first version, but I’m hoping that the reboot will take on a bit more life of its own as the season progresses.

And I can’t wait to see how the show will top this so-bad-it’s-fantastic alien birth scene from 1984’s “V: The Final Battle”…I dare you not to crack up!

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(Photo courtesy of ABC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Monday, August 10th, 2009 at 7:37 am |
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‘Lost’ producers are surprised by Best Drama nomination


“Lost” scored five Emmy nominations yesterday, including one for Outstanding Drama Series.

The show is part of a bigger crowd this year, since the rules changed to allow more contenders. That results in “Lost” going up against six other series, five of which are on cable. (“Big Love,” “Breaking Bad,” “Damages,” “Dexter,” “House” and “Made Men” are the other nominees.)

Anyway, executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof told TV Guide that they’re really surprised to be nominated because of this season’s confusing, time-traveling storyline.

But they’re not shocked at all to see Michael Emerson recognized again for his creepy, but nuanced, portrayal of Ben Linus. (Maybe the third time will be the charm?)

And while they didn’t say it, I’d imagine that they ARE disappointed that a few other cast members didn’t get noticed.

No Josh Holloway, for turning Sawyer into so much more than a smart-mouthed con man?

Not even a shot for Evangeline Lilly, who broke our hearts when she left Aaron? (Evie, you had me at “bye-bye, baby.”) You couldn’t find it in your hearts for one more newbie, Emmy voters? I mean, except for Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men” – yay! – the list of dramatic actresses has been pretty much the same for the last few years. We know how to pronounce Mariska Hargitay now.

And what the heck does Elizabeth Mitchell have to do to get some love? Deliver a baby? Have her heart broken a few times? Fall down a mine shaft? Detonate a nuclear bomb? Oh wait, Mitchell’s Juliet has done all that. Well then, you’ve stumped me.

Tune in Sept. 20 to see if “Lost” takes home the big prize. I suspect they’ll have to fight “Mad Men” to the death. Now THAT would be some interesting TV…

(Photo courtesy of ABC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 9:44 am |

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