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From the visionary team of Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun comes an imaginative adventure about a dad who would do anything to protect his family.

Officer Vince Faraday was a good cop trying to clean up a corrupt city. Framed for murder and left for dead, he suddenly found himself separated from his wife and son and forced into hiding. Now, inspired by his son's favorite comic book hero, he's taking the law into his own hands, and playing a deadly game of chess with the powerful kingpin who framed him. With the hope of one day reuniting with his family, The Cape is sending a loud message to all criminals... run.

"The Cape" is a one-hour drama series starring David Lyons ("ER") as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who finds himself framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. He is forced into hiding, leaving behind his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin, "Life on Mars") and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott, "Flash Forward"). Fueled by a desire to reunite with his family and to battle the criminal forces that have overtaken Palm City, Faraday becomes "The Cape" his son's favorite comic book superhero -- and takes the law into his own hands. Rounding out the cast are James Frain ("The Tudors") as billionaire Peter Fleming - The Cape's nemesis - who moonlights as the twisted killer: Chess; Keith David ("Death at a Funeral") as Max Malini, the ringleader of a circus gang of bank robbers who mentors Vince Faraday and trains him to be The Cape; Summer Glau ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") as Orwell, an investigative blogger who wages war on crime and corruption in Palm City; and Dorian Missick ("Six Degrees") as Marty Voyt, a former police detective and friend to Faraday.


"The Cape" is a Universal Media Studios and BermanBraun production from executive producer/creator Thomas Wheeler ("Empire"), executive producer/director Simon West ("Con Air"), the executive producing team of Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun ("Mercy") and executive producer Gene Stein ("Accidentally on Purpose").

The new action-filled drama "The Cape" will premiere with a two-hour episode on Sunday, January 9 (9-11 p.m. ET). An encore broadcast of the two-hour episode airs Monday, January 10 (9-11 p.m. ET) with new episodes starting in its regular time period on January 17 (9-10 p.m. ET).

http://www.nbc.com/the-cape/about/


This fills the gap created by the mid-season hiatus of The Event.


Do you like Batman? Do you like the supernatural living cape in Spawn? You just might like this.
 

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From the preview, this looks like it might be a good show. The only thing that worries me, is that it's on NBC. The last couple of years, it seems like NBC can only afford to hire the cheapest, laziest, and most unimaginative writers they can find, for their new shows. And they can only afford to hire terrible and mediocre actors. (On both counts, I'm looking at you, "The Event.") But Summer Glau's presence in this show gives me hope that it will break NBC's mold of making great concepts into lame shows.
 

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Super cape, crime fighting, action comedy ... yeah, yeah, whatever ... I think what a lot of people are really interested in is right here:

 

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I am intriqued by this show.


It looks good but the question is will it make it? "The Cape" is a good match with "Chuck" and if it does well, NBC might decide to do "Chuck" one more year so they have a good two hour block. It could help Chuck's cause but not much and I kind of feel things are ready to end this season for "Chuck" anyway.


The show is probably 50-50 and even though I'm going to watch, I have my doubts this type of show can make it especially in a 9pm slot.


We will see......
 

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Super cape, crime fighting, action comedy ... yeah, yeah, whatever ... I think what a lot of people are really interested in is right here:

Damn straight skippy! I can watch Summer in any show after seeing her in TSCC...

 

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I think the only way to devine if there's any potential here is to check it's provenance as far as which NBC executives had their fingerprints on it during development.


If it was Zucker or Silverman, I'll call the time of death here and now. My guess is it had, it seems too soon for the new programmers to have anything come out of the pipeline, which means it will likley be one more example of the gift that keeps on giving.
 

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NBC's 'The Cape' offers straight-forward but dull superheroics

By Alan Sepinwall, Hitfix.com Thursday, Jan 6, 2011


The superhero genre is so old, and the superhero movies and TV shows it spawned only slightly less old, that almost every live-action version these days has to be billed as a modernized, or even post-modern, spin on the familiar. No tights! No codenames! What does it really mean to have powers?


NBC's "Heroes" was so eager to distance itself from the tropes of the genre that it wouldn't even let its characters say the word "powers," preferring to use the term "abilities," as if that would somehow make indestructible cheerleaders and telepathic cops seem more palatable to the sort of people who don't ordinarily go for this stuff.


NBC's new superhero show, "The Cape" (which sneak previews Sunday at 9 p.m. before airing Mondays at 9 starting on January 17), doesn't feel the least bit embarrassed about any of the usual trappings. It's not post-modern, or even modern. It is proudly, almost defiantly old-fashioned. It's the sort of show where no one in the fictional Palm City is the least bit confused about why they're being menaced by a masked villain who calls himself Chess. It's the sort of show where the hero, having been trained by one of the world's greatest escape artists, is bound in chains by a bad guy, thrown into the ocean and asked to make like Houdini (or the '60s Batman) and free himself from the diabolical death trap.


I admire that about "The Cape." It is what it says it is, and finds no shame in that.


I just wish it was a better show.


The main fault lies with The Cape himself - or, as he's known when he's not fighting, evil, Vince Faraday, the one honest cop in the dirty town, who has to fake his own death and put on a mask to clear his name, protect his family and prove to his son "that one man can make a difference." Vince is played by Australian actor David Lyons, who's as beloved by some people in NBC casting as Alex O'Loughlin is at CBS. Lyons was inserted into the last couple of years of "ER," and he added little outside of one storyline in his final season in which we found out his character had been molested as a child. (Shameless awards show bait, but very well-played by Lyons.) Then he was cast as the lead in "Day One," a series about a major world-changing disaster that was then downgraded to miniseries, then to TV-movie, then to never-airing.


Now he's a superhero, and he lacks the charisma and lack of self-consciousness the part - and show - really need to work.


Almost every scene of "The Cape" that's interesting either doesn't feature Lyons at all or pairs him with a colorful supporting cast of characters - specifically the group of bank-robbing circus performers who become his unlikely partners. Keith David capably chews the scenery as the troupe's leader and Vince's new mentor, and little person stuntman-turned-actor Martin Klebba ("Pirates of the Caribbean") has fun as the group's muscle. By far the most entertaining scene of the pilot has Klebba squaring off with the hulking Vinnie Jones as a bad guy whose reptilian skin has earned him the nickname "Scales."


(The circus stuff may bring back bad memories of the final season of "Heroes," but the scenes with these characters are done with a much lighter touch, blessedly.)


The Cape has so many sidekicks floating about, in fact, that Summer Glau seems adrift as Orwell, a blogger/hacker/spy who first tips Vince off to the connection between Chess and local business icon Peter Fleming (James Frain). Glau, beloved by the show's target demo for her roles on "Firefly" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," is there for fan service - a beautiful alum of two short-lived cult favorites playing a sexy, butt-kicking blogger is about as fan service-y as you can get - and sometimes little more, as the circus folk are much more prominent in these first two episodes.


But all the color in the margins doesn't matter if the man at the center of the picture is a bore, which Lyons unfortunately is. The square-jawed, utterly sincere hero is a hard thing to pull off without seeming stiff - what's it been, 32 years since Christopher Reeve did it in "Superman"? - and without that kind of commanding presence from its hero, "The Cape" winds up seeming sillier than it intended to be.


I'd like to see this kind of show work in the future, but watching back-to-back episodes of "The Cape," I began to understand just why so many modern superhero shows and movies try to go ultra-modern. There's a lot more room for error when you're commenting on a genre even as you're producing an example of it. Do it entirely straightforward like this and you have to get it right all the way. And "The Cape" didn't do a good enough job of finding a man to fill its titular accessory.

http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-al...l-superheroics
 

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I'm going to do what I always do with new shows like this (especially from NBC), and that is to DVR it and wait to see what you guys think or it is cancelled. The latest victim is RUBICON (AMC), which I so wanted to watch. As you know it was cancelled, so I didn't waste all those hours. Oh Well.
 

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Maureen Ryan has a positive review here

I don't know.......anybody who is going to watch a show with her kid is not my kind of recommendation.
 

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I'm going to do what I always do with new shows like this (especially from NBC), and that is to DVR it and wait to see what you guys think or it is cancelled. The latest victim is RUBICON (AMC), which I so wanted to watch. As you know it was cancelled, so I didn't waste all those hours. Oh Well.

Rubicon was a satisfying story arc which, while it left the door open, ended well. Like "Terriers," it was well worth the time even without a second season renewal.
 

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I'm going to do what I always do with new shows like this (especially from NBC), and that is to DVR it and wait to see what you guys think or it is cancelled. The latest victim is RUBICON (AMC), which I so wanted to watch. As you know it was cancelled, so I didn't waste all those hours. Oh Well.

Watching 'Rubicon' was one of the most satisfying entertainment experiences I had all last year. It was superbly crafted in all respects. The fact that such a fascinating, complex effort struggled to find an audience is, sadly, neither surprising nor atypical. I have the whole season on the DVR and plan to watch it again, since there won't be anything of its equal until 'Breaking Bad' returns. If you made the decision not to watch simply because it was predictably canceled, that's your loss. I promise you those hours wouldn't have been a waste, but there's plenty on TV that would.
 

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This is a true Cartoon/Comic-Book Show.


Its really, really, really fast paced and crazy stylized.


Its really excellent, but not that unique; its classic Joseph Campbell's "Hero With A Thousand Faces" (that's a big compliment).


I believe this will be a love-it or hate-it type show for most people.


I love it, ironic that its on NBC as this reminds me of a old Miami Vice/Color TV analogy.


This is the first HDTV show that feels new and different since HDTV has been invented.
 
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