Another fully-serialized, complex, densely plotted adult drama on a broadcast net! My heart sings with songs of joy and hope!
But we all know what will happen, don't we? Bacon's star power and a big promotional push by FOX will lead to a nice, big opening. FOX executives will rejoice and trumpet their triumph. And then, what will happen? The audience will be frustrated by the "slow pace". Those without DVR's (who are
these people?) will miss an episode and decide they have to drop out. Genre fans will nitpick the plot and character shortcomings (most due to the demands of making a weekly television show) and proclaim, loudly, that they just can't put up with it and smugly declare they have "deleted their season pass". This will start happening by week 3.
Finally, by week 6, the casual fans who can't understand why each week's episode isn't wrapped up in a nice, tidy bow with the dastardly killers gettin' their just desserts, will have drifted away leaving the hard core genre fans behind, some of which are just itching to "delete their season pass" because they just can't take the storyline's shortcomings any longer. Finally, ad revenue dropping as the Nielsen numbers steadily decline, the Network decides to pull the plug. The few remaining fans beg for a reprieve - maybe they'll send food-colored, bloody handkerchiefs to the network brass (or whatever the protagonist's personal peccadillo is).
Sorry, but I've seen this whole thing before. Each time I hope it will be different. Each time it's not.
Nevertheless, I applaud FOX for taking the shot. I will be there and I WILL NOT BAIL
, no matter how many times the writers forget how a particular gun needs to be held or how long it takes to drive across the city. Go Kev!
My hope is he at least has a fraction the television success as his wife (who had the intrinsic benefit of starring in a formulaic procedural on a cablenet). That would be, at the very least, a second season. I won't be holding my breath.