Red Right Hand: THE TRADECRAFT BITS ARE REALLY COOL - I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY THE THING WITH THE DUCT TAPE AND THE STUD-FINDER
*He is not a secret agent. Not at all.

 

THE TRADECRAFT BITS ARE REALLY COOL - I CAN'T WAIT TO TRY THE THING WITH THE DUCT TAPE AND THE STUD-FINDER

I like Burn Notice. I'm predisposed to like Burn Notice, being it's all down with the with the spookiness and I do NOT mean ghosties.

While the ex-spy as P.I. idea on the surface didn't do much for me, there's stuff in the execution that makes it worthwhile. There's a mindset at work in Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) that is reflective of actual spook mindset, and with good reason and there's a loose basis on the life of an actual former spook (by the name of Michael Wilson). I must admit, I had a little suspicion about that at first, thinking it might be a ploy to get viewership, but after about .00474 seconds I realized that The Engine probably wouldn't be the target of such a thing. He's been very conversational and friendly in answering questions and responding to individual comments and Warren's given him a thread there. Dig, if you will. Also, his website.

It's set in Miami, which may be a little too flashy and hip, but it helps the show kinda of blend in with Monk and Psych. In fact, at first I thought the show would be along those lines. family friendly, episodic, etc. There's a bit of an arc (hopefully not too much reliance on the arc though, stand-alone...ness is a good thing) and some good old fashioned violence unlike you'll see on the more family friendly USA shows, but not terribly graphic. Generally a little darker of a tone that you get on USA, outside of maybe The 4400.

I can live with Miami. As long as it's not LA. Too damn many shows set in LA. [tangent] The American Life on Mars pilot is set in LA and my heart sank when I saw that. In the UK version, it was set in Manchester, so I'd go for...Seattle maybe. Ideally, Chicago, but I am biased in that respect. Of course, the whole porting of Life on Mars thing (if actually picked up, now that it's mving forward again) is going to be a thing to figure out. While the pilot script was really, really, really close to the original first episode, the UK version did 16 eps and got out. Set up and spike. Not something you can really do with an American network show. Can David E. Kelley and/or crew sustain the premise? And can I be on that crew? [/tangent]

My main complaint is not enough of the Bruce. But then, who doesn't have that complaint?

Did you even know Bruce was in it?

If I were USA, I'd maybe get the word out about the Bruce.

Bruce.

And hey, writer's blog too.

Anyway, I think I'm down for the run. Unless somebody has a baby. Series-killer, that.
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