With the new fall season imminent, the floodgates have been opened, and all of the big shows are hitting DVD, both the U.S. hits and the U.K. headliners. Plus some shows that never made it past a season or two.
After almost 20 years playing Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation and its assorted spin-offs, Jonathan Frakes got used to being called "Number One." But it was while still on TNG that he took that nickname a step further, taking the helm as the director of several episodes and parlaying that into a successful directing career. With several Trek series, two Trek movies and two Librarian TV-movies under his belt, he recently took on two episodes of the new TNT series Leverage, and this week's episode guest-stars three of his old buddies from the Trek set. We talked to Commander Frakes about J.J. Abrams' new time-warping take on Trek, his mission to Mexico City to direct a Lost-esque series for Fox, and why he wants to be promoted to Captain... America.
Given the success rate of serialized horror/mystery TV shows in this country, it's cute that a show still wants to be the next Lost. But you have to try, right? If you don't try, you may never hit on that magic combination that results in a hit. So I'm certainly rooting for the new NBC show Persons Unknown, which follows seven strangers abducted and placed in an empty hotel on an empty street in the middle of nowhere. Besides Lost, many are comparing it to The Prisoner, or an episode of The Twilight Zone, or an installment in the Saw horror movie franchise (the first episode is bloodless, but shots are fired starting next week). But they're also comparing it to last summer's 13-episode mystery Harper's Island -- not to mention this spring's already-cancelled Happy Town -- and I'm hoping it doesn't get a similar treatment, either by the network or the writers.