After watching the two-hour pilot of this show, I've decided that I've seen enough of it to last me a lifetime. I was hoping for more as I really like William Fichtner (particularly his Prison Break stint) and Donald Sutherland. So while this show isn't really bad per se, it's just not at all compelling. I only watched the second half, thinking that this might be a slow-burn like The Killing, but it seems to boil down to a procedural (with a few ongoing personal vengeance storylines) that really lacks any spark. At times it reminded me of The Breakout Kings (except with law enforcement officials instead of cons), but without any sense of humor. Guess there's a reason it's premiering in the middle of summer with hardly any promotion leading up to it.
Though it has a Prison Break pedigree, with PB executive producers Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora as co-creators, Breakout Kings seems a lot lighter in tone, and there's no guy completely covered in a largely unnecessary tattoo. In fact, while the show has a dark premise (convicts getting time off of their sentences in exchange for helping to chase down escapees) this new A&E series has more of a USA vibe to it than anything. It would fit right in with Burn Notice. Or it could also live on TNT, as it is pretty much the same show as Leverage, except with fashionable prison jumpsuits.
I've been reluctantly continuing to watch Breakout Kings solely because I knew T-Bag was coming eventually. After sitting through the entirety of Prison Break (even the really, really awful times) mostly because of the awesomeness of the multi-faceted freak show that was T-Bag, I was happy to see the character revived. And I finally got to see the episode I'd been excited for, and it delivered. Well, Robert Knepper and Jimmi Simpson delivered, the rest of the cast... were just on some other ordinary cop show.
Piers Morgan is a judge no more.
The upfronts are over. Time to start speculating about Glee's future again!
Looks like we'll get to see how revenge is served for a little longer.
What you see here is the future of what the kids are watching.