Volume 96, Issue 7
Tuesday, September 10, 2002

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New fall dramas dream to fly

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BOOMTOWN - a good looking cast of cops and paramedics. Very original.

By Mark Polishuk
Gazette Staff

Mary J. Blige says no more drama, but TV networks say "Screw that!" Here are some of the new dramas being unleashed upon us for the upcoming TV season.

Sunday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m.

NBC is promoting this ensemble family drama as being set in the more "innocent" era of the 1960s. Yeah, since besides Vietnam, presidential assassinations, racial riots, the Cold War and The Monkees, there wasn't anything scary about the '60s.

Sunday, Sept. 29, 10 p.m.

A crime drama with an interesting twist: every case is told from the multiple perspectives of the police, media, lawyers and innocent people involved. The gimmick worked for the movie Rashomon 50 years ago, so there's no reason why it shouldn't work here, though having Donnie Wahlberg in the lead role is a bad omen. The series was created by London native Graham Yost.

Friday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m.

A sci-fi show about a renegade space crew 800 years in the future. If series creator Joss Whedon can make a show about a girl that fights vampires (Buffy) into a success, then he could also do the same with this bad-ass version of Star Trek. The Friday time slot usually guarantees low ratings, but Fox must be assuming the sci-fi geeks have nothing better to do on a Friday night.

Monday, Oct. 21, 9 p.m.

Three female attorneys join a male dominated law firm in what is sure to be a hard-hitting and serious look at sexism in the workplace. Did I mention that all three women are gorgeous? Given the pattern of other David E. Kelley produced shows (The Practice, Ally McBeal), this one will be okay for two seasons and then suddenly devolve into sheer crap.

Friday, Sept. 27, 9 p.m.

Remember the old Simpsons joke about every new TV show featuring people in various jobs who fight crime in their spare time? Well, Hack is about an ex-cop turned cabbie (David Morse) who fights crime in his spare time. Once again, real life is stranger than fiction. Hack might also be used to describe the writers who came up with this show.

MDS (ABC), Wednesday, 10 p.m.
PRESIDIO MED (CBS), Tuesday, Sept. 24, 10 p.m.

Two different shows, same general premise: idealistic doctors do whatever they can to help patients in the increasingly business-like world of HMO-controlled hospitals. Both shows aren't knockoffs of ER because... uh... er... I'll get back to you on that.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 9 p.m
A Twin Peaks-esque, mystery/crime/messed-up shit show about an IRS agent who investigates fraud in a mysterious Nevada town. The show actually invites the audience to play along, since each of the first 13 episodes contains clues the viewer can put together to win a cash prize on the ABC Web site. So, in essence, ABC is trying to bribe you to watch. Not a good sign.

Friday, 9 p.m.

James Bulliard plays a 30-year-old loser who is magically transported back in time to age 16, and gets a chance to change his life for the better. The catch is that he keeps going back and forth between time periods, so he gets to see what hell he hath wrought in his new future. You'd think that sports gambling would be the answer to his problems, but he wants to improve his relationships with his family and his girlfriend and all that junk. When will these time travellers ever learn?


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