What did everybody think of the new superhero show?
A new coast, but a familiar (and somewhat tired) formula
Dick Wolf, the producer who created “Law & Order” and its ever-expanding spin-off army, has always blanched at the notion that his shows and the “CSI”s are similar. The “CSI” shows, he likes to say, are a franchise like McDonald’s: multiple locations, same basic meal. Where the “Law & Order” shows, Wolf will insist, are a brand like BMW: same quality craftsmanship across the line, but the features and function can vary considerably.
Anyone going into the latest spin-off, “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (which NBC debuts tomorrow at 10 in the timeslot that for two decades belonged to the now-canceled mothership), in other words, knows the broad strokes of what they’re going to get. So all that matters are the specific features, which here include:
A strong second episode, but will we get a third?
Wayne Brady, Ben Vereen and Frances Conroy help Barney look for his real father
Episode two offers a step in the right direction, at least
Chuck and Sarah's relationship proves a help, not a hindrance, to the series
Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 39: 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Law & Order: Los Angeles,' 'Human Target' & more
Alan and Dan look at the last couple of new shows debuting this month
The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast fall preview ended last week, but there are still a couple of new shows debuting this week, plus a few returning shows of note, plus a "Mad Men" episode with lots of ambiguous developments to debate. Plus, you get a brief glimpse of how, sadly, the podcast sausage gets made!
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Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz offer fun superheroics, but the family part needs tweaking
As the father and mother of a nuclear family that somehow gets super powers during a South American vacation, Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz spend a good chunk of the premiere of ABC’s “No Ordinary Family” (it debuts tomorrow at 8) figuring out the limits of their new abilities. Sure, Chiklis can lift a few tons and catch bullets, but can he fly? How fast can super-speedster Benz run, and why don’t her clothes burn up from the friction?
These are the kinds of questions that will appeal to a certain brand of fanboy or girl, and the show sprinkles in other comic book references like a figurine of Kitty Pryde from The X-Men and a building named for legendary writer/artist Walt Simonson. But in its pilot episode, “No Ordinary Family” seems to be testing its limits just as much as Chiklis and Benz are, and there are definitely weaknesses that creators Greg Berlanti and Jon Harmon Feldman will need to be careful of getting hurt by.
Another Jon Hamm masterpiece as Don's lies threaten to catch up to him
The private eye parody returns