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Friday, April 10, 2009 |
( 4/10/2009 06:51:00 AM ) Bill S.
"ONE BY ONE" After weeks of its creepy promos, we caught the premiere of the 13-ep Harper's Island last night. Despite some flat and overly expository dialog, we've gotten hooked by its Ten Little Indians premise. (For me, that tree of hanging bodies was the series' grabber image, though I also liked the guy tied under the boat.) Pulling a Janet Leigh on Harry Hamlin was a particularly neat touch, since for many of us viewers the last time we saw him was as the killer on Veronica Mars. Christopher Gorham's playing another "Henry"? Too bad his character's last name (Dunn) isn't as amusingly evocative as the one he carried on Ugly Betty (Grubstick).
Are clearly time-limited series the future of serialized teevee dramas, then? I wouldn't mind if it was. Perhaps, if they'd been given a clear closing date from the very beginning, the writers of the Americanized Life on Mars wouldn’t have cobbled together such a crappy finale.