Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Horror show trend to continue...

I need hardly point out that the Network tube is currently stuffed with new horror and sci-fi entries (Threshold, Ghost Whisperer, Night Stalker, Invasion, Supernatural, Surface, etc.). Amazingly, each of the ones I've seen so far--Invasion, Threshold, Supernatural--are at least decent, although Night Stalker hasn't premiered yet. Only time will tell, however, whether this glut provides some actually hit shows, or more occupents for this season's mass grave of failed series. (Starting with that already cancelled Chris O'Donnell lawyer show.)

If two or three--or even one--of these shows really hit, however, we can expect more such fare. According to the invaluable Dread Central website, for instance, UPN is looking at "Evil," a show with a pretty cool premise, kind of 24 meets Friday the 13th. Basically, it would be a slasher movie--the setting is even a "camp reunion" (is that ever a good idea?)--where murders would start occurring, and the season would cover the events of one week. Assuming a full season, you'd get about a three episode per day ratio.

Needless to say, execution is nearly everything, but that could really be a fantastic series if they pulled it off.

7 Comments:

At 7:16 AM, Blogger Marty McKee said...

What's really amazing is that some of these shows are actually good. I'm getting a real kick out of SUPERNATURAL, which was smart enough to hire former X-FILES directors like David Nutter and Kim Manners and make straightforward monster stories extremely reminiscent of that earlier classic's spookier episodes. It even shoots in British Columbia, so SUPERNATURAL even looks like THE X-FILES.

INVASION is shaping up as an intriguing spin on INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, and THRESHOLD takes advantage of a fantastic cast (I admit it...I'm in love with Carla Gugino) and a group of characters unlike the regular collection of pretty boys and girls.

SURFACE's pilot didn't hook me, and I don't expect NIGHT STALKER, which I haven't yet seen (it premieres tonight), to stick around very long, a combination of an awful timeslot and a likely miserable show.

 
At 9:02 AM, Blogger baby copernicus said...

Uh oh...you said NIGHT STALKER.

Now you've gone and opened a can of worms...

I'm going to put on my crash helmet and wait for Ken's inevitable tirade.

 
At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Tork110 said...

I got a great idea. "Star Trek: Evil" starring Wil Wheaton.

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

Night Stalker? Did you say NIGHT STALKER?! Why, that show's directed by DUSTY BAKER!!!!

Hmm, that might be too inside a joke even for a blog.

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger baby copernicus said...

Jose Macias is Kolchak, the Night Stalker.

"Werewolves? Vampires?" Chief Baker rubs his chin thoughtfully. "Bring me...Macias."

 
At 11:22 AM, Anonymous John Bohlke said...

The only plus side of the new Nightstalker series is that they finally pried that dvd release of the original series from someone's cold, dead fingers.

 
At 12:21 PM, Blogger Ken Begg said...

Vincenzo (Dusty Baker): "Carl, here's that enchanted axe, man. And there's the monst...what are you waiting for? SWING! SWING!"

Kolchak (Corey Patterson): "UGH! OOFF!! SWISH!!!...Dammit."

 

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