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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Quick, take in the fall dramas before they're cancelled!

By Mark Polishuk
Gazette Staff

The only drama surrounding most of these new entries is how long it will take for them to be cancelled.

THE BROTHERHOOD OF POLAND, NEW HAMPSHIRE
(CBS): Wednesday at 10 p.m.
Created by TV guru David E. Kelley, this show about three brothers who run a small town stars three actors who know a thing about siblinghood: Randy Quaid (brother of Dennis), Chris Penn (Sean's bro) and John Carroll Lynch (Drew Carey's TV brother). Catch it before it goes downhill like the rest of Kelley's shows.
It's a ripoff of... Picket Fences.

COLD CASE
(CBS): Sunday at 8 p.m.
Kathryn Morris is a police detective who solves old cases that were never solved. Sweeps month gimmick: the murder of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.
It's a ripoff of... Cold Squad, the little-watched CTV show.

JOAN OF ARCADIA
(CBS): Friday at 8 p.m.
Critics have called this the best new show on TV, about a girl who can talk to God. Odd, I thought teenagers could only see God from the back seat of a car. Has Meat Loaf been lying to me all this time?!
It's a ripoff of... South Park. Those kids were always talking to God, or Jesus, or Chef.

KAREN SISKO
(ABC): Wednesday at 10 p.m.
A show based on the Miami-based federal marshal played by Jennifer Lopez in Out Of Sight. Lucky for us, Carla Gugino is a better actress than J-Lo.
It's a ripoff of... Out of Sight.

LAS VEGAS
(NBC): Monday at 9 p.m.
James Caan is the head of a surveillance company in, you guessed it, Las Vegas. Caan's character is named Big Ed, which makes me wonder if John Goodman turned down the role first.
It's a ripoff of... Andy Garcia's scenes in Ocean's Eleven.

THE LYON'S DEN
(NBC): Sunday at 10 p.m.
Rob ÒCareer SuicideÓ Lowe decided to leave The West Wing to star in this glorified soap opera about an idealistic young lawyer who gets a job with an established, somewhat shady firm.
It's a ripoff of... The Firm.

MISS MATCH
(NBC): Friday at 8 p.m.
Alicia Silverstone is a divorce attorney who moonlights as a matchmaker. Most lawyers don't have this much time on their hands.
It's a ripoff of... Clueless. Remember how Silverstone helped her dad with his legal case and also arranged for her teachers to fall in love? It's the SAME DAMN THING.

NAVY NCIS
(CBS): Tuesday at 8 p.m.
The full title is "Navy Naval Criminal Investigative Service." Even the title is repetitive.
It's a ripoff of... JAG, except starring Mark Harmon. Hooray?

SKIN
(FOX): Monday at 9 p.m.
The son of a district attorney falls in love with the daughter of a porn king. These problems could be avoided if the DA had just spent more time matchmaking.
It's a ripoff of... Romeo & Juliet. Only FOX would add porn to Shakespeare.

THREAT MATRIX
(ABC): Thursday at 8 p.m.
A team of elite government agents protect the United States from terrorism. In a shockingly tasteless move, this show starts one week after Sep. 11.
It's a ripoff of... 24. But does that show have an actor named Mahershalalhashbaz? Hell no.

TRU CALLING
(FOX): Thursday at 8 p.m.
A morgue employee learns she can go back in time one day to prevent the murders of the people she finds at work. Dumb premise, but Eliza Dushku is the star. So pretty.
It's a ripoff of... Early Edition.

 

 

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