Ok, I’ve a confession to make. I’m going to watch a network show, and it is… Bionic Woman. I know, I know. It could well go down in flames, and all covered in cheese, but I want to give it a chance (and cheese can be good).
Why am I giving it a chance? Well, there’s been some great television made over the last few years, with great writing, acting, directing, and so forth, and most of it has been on cable. I think this has forced the networks to raise their game (often by just buying the services of the same people who did a good job on cable, but not always), and there’s some good work to be found. This might be one of them. I saw the extended trailer that was making the rounds in the early Summer and it looked like they’d been inspired a lot by the marvelous work on Battlestar Galactica, for example – a show that had such great writing, acting and directing (regardless of genre) that it holds up well against anything I’ve seen in a long time on television. (Just get the whole thing on DVD, starting with the pilot/miniseries… Try to ignore the Sci-Fi stigma and just treat it as what is it – well-written human drama. You won’t regret it.)
Further:- While I was watching the Bionic trailer and thinking this, who should show up as a cast member but the excellent Katee Sackhoff! The rest of the cast (led by Enfield’s own Michelle Ryan) looks very good too. So I’ve got a good feeling about this, overall.
[Update: Wow. My eye’s really in on this stuff. I just looked, and it’s a show by David Eick. Who? Executive Producer of Battlestar Galactica. No wonder I immediately saw things I liked.]
Well, maybe some of you are going to watch it too? It’s on Wednesday 26th September, NBC.
P.S. Watch out here for some more television news of possible interest in the next couple of days.