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Pilot View: NBC's new drama 'The Event'

July 23, 2010 | 10:32 am

Editor’s note:  We offer you our first impressions of the original pilots for fall shows. Keep in mind that these are not reviews and that the networks may make significant changes to these shows before they air. We reserve the right to love them or hate them more later.

"The Event" is billed as an emotional, high-octane conspiracy thriller centered on a young man who, as he is investigating the mysterious disappearance of his fiancee, winds up exposing the biggest coverup in U.S. history.

Who's in it: Jason Ritter ("The Class" and "Joan of Arcadia") is the star, Sean Walker. Blair Underwood ("In Treatment") plays the newly elected U.S. president and Laura Innes ("ER"), plays the leader of a mysterious group of detainees. Sean’s shadowy father-in-law is played by Scott Patterson ("Gilmore Girls"). Ian Anthony Dale ("Daybreak") and Željko Ivanek (“Damages”) also star in the ensemble drama.

Who made it: Nick Wauters ("The 4400") created it.

Thumbs up: Ritter is a compelling lead. It's good to see him on TV again, and he's surrounded by a terrific cast. For those who love complicated, serialized shows, it can't get any more intricate than this.

Thumbs down: "Lost" taught us to flash forward, backward and sideways, but not all at the same time. There are so many different time shifts in the pilot that it's impossible to keep track of any one thread. We know that's part of the mystery of it all, but it's too confusing.

Verdict: This is one we wanted to love but didn't. Perhaps we'll give it another shot.

— Maria Elena Fernandez

Video credit: NBC


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