We have seen the future of TV — or at least clips from it. The six networks showed only snippets of their new fall programs at their annual schedule announcements, but that’s really all we need to make some snap judgments about their entertainment value. So let the buzz begin!
GIDEON’S CROSSING (ABC)
Emmy winner Andre Braugher reteams with Homicide: Life on the Street creator Paul Attanasio for this doc-U.-drama (he plays a physician/med-school prof). The only question is: Can this patient survive opposite Law & Order?
THE FUGITIVE (CBS)
The roles played by Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones in the Oscar-winning film (not to mention by David Janssen and Barry Morse on the vintage TV show) are taken over by Tim Daly and Mykelti Williamson. But with such a foolproof premise, even a Wings veteran and Forrest Gump’s Bubba couldn’t screw it up.
In Living Color alum David Alan Grier lends his initials to this potentially hilarious farce about a cowardly Secret Service agent assigned to protect the First Lady (Delta Burke). Not to be confused with David James Elliott’s JAG, which is funny for entirely different reasons.
Who else but Aaron Spelling could exec-produce this way-over-the-top soap in which Yasmine Bleeth discovers her new fiance (Riptide’s Perry King) is the father of her ex-lover (Starship Troopers’ Casper Van Dien)? It looks camp-tastic!
NIKKI (The WB)
Unhappily Ever After sex bomb Nikki Cox returns to her old time slot as a Las Vegas showgirl married to a 300-pound pro-wrestler wannabe (Nick von Esmarch). Seems so unfunny, you’ll be amazed it’s not on UPN.
YES, DEAR (CBS)
NBC sitcom castoffs Anthony Clark (Boston Common) and Mike O’Malley (The Mike O’Malley Show, duh) join forces as odd-couple brothers-in-law. You shunned them separately — now shun them together.
This Joel Silver-produced action hour features antigovernment rebels battling the evil U.S. military in a dystopian near future. Bound to be a big hit among Idaho militiamen.
Who else but Aaron Spelling could exec-produce this way-over-the-top soap in which Yasmine Bleeth discovers her new fiance (Riptide’s Perry King) is the father of her ex-lover (Starship Troopers’ Casper Van Dien)? It looks crap-tastic!