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2007-08 New TV Shows Reviewed

LIFE
If you're like me, you stopped watching network primetime TV a long time ago. I think it's been almost 15 years for me. Years and years of crap had me believing that, despite the occasionally excellent show like Homicide: Life on the Street or Heroes, I'm not going to be entertained.

This fall NBC is unleashing some new programs that just might bring me back into the fold. TV viewers are going to have some serious quality programs on their screens this fall and Life is one of the best shows you'll see on any network.

Life is a crime drama with a twist. They all have a twist, right? A cop, wrongfully convicted and sent to prison, is exonerated and returns to the streets as a detective. Only now he's got $50 million in the bank as a result of a settlement and a Zen master's way of looking at things.

From the press release: Twelve years of his life were taken away from him, when he was wrongly convicted of a crime he didn't commit. Damian Lewis, who plays police detective Charlie Crews, has to develop a new interior life during the time he spends in prison to survive mentally as well as physically. Cops have never won any popularity contests with inmates. Offbeat detective Crews has a complex, layered personality. He goes back to his old job although he's just been awarded millions of dollars to compensate for being falsely imprisoned. He's very good cop, and he's determined to find out who framed him.

Life is bold, riveting, intelligent, moves at a fast clip and, best of all, it's completely original with an intriguing cinema-verite aspect layered on. I like where this program is going - it's clear our protagonist will be on a mission to determine exactly how and why he was railroaded, leading to inevitable conflicts with his sketchy co-workers. Plus, he's been away for 12 years, entering for the first time a world of cell phones, internet and home computers which leads to some amusing asides.

NBC has an incredible line-up of dramas this year including Journeyman, Heroes, Chuck, and the ratings-challenged Friday Night Lights, the best show you're not watching. As far as I'm concerned, let the network crowd the schedule with dreck like Deal or No Deal, four Law & Orders, and The Biggest Loser if it means making room for exceptional shows like Life.

Life debuts on NBC Wednesday, September 26th at 10:00 ET/PT.

Here's a preview:


2008 TV Shows Reviews
The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi

Which Way Home

Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech

Jesse James Is A Dead Man

Important Things With Demetri Martin

Lie To Me 24 - Season 7

Taxicab Confessions: New York 3

Simpsons Treehouse of Horror

Chocolate City

Sarah Silverman Program

House - Season 5

Bones - Season 4

Real Vice Cops Uncut

Kung Fu Killer

The Gong Show

Reality Bites Back

Ganja Queen

Hard Times at Douglass High

Roman Polanski:
Wanted and Desired

Carlos Mencia - Performance Enhanced

Unhitched

DEA

Prison Break Season 3 Finale

Oprah Winfrey Presents Mitch Albom's For One More Day

The Price Is Right

George of the Jungle

Katt Williams

House - Season 4

Chuck

Life

Journeyman

Bionic Woman

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia - Season 3

Nashville

Prison Break Season 3

COPS: 20 years...
Caught On Tape

K-Ville

By The People: The Election of Barack Obama

The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant

Youth Knows No Pain

Nine Lives of Marion Barry

Boy Interrupted

Teddy: In His Own Words

Prom Night in Mississippi

Teddy: In His Own Words

Mental

Reno 911 Seaon 6

Death on a Factory Farm

Dollhouse

Hell's Kitchen Season 5

Cat Dancers

A Colbert Christmas

24: Redemption

Sunday Night Animation Domination

Do Not Disturb

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Season 2

Prison Break Season 4

Fringe

Kitchen Nightmares 2008

S.I.S.

Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal

Thank You Mr. President - Helen Thomas At The White House

Big Ideas

Factory

The Academy: LASD Class #368

John Oliver: Terrifying Times

The Return of Jezebel James

Hell's Kitchen

Damages - Season 2

Root Of All Evil

Rick Cleveland - My Buddy Bill

Comedy Central Presents Stephen Lynch & Dan Cummins

Bones - Season 3

Sarah Silverman Show
- Season 2

Back To You

Li'l Bush

Canterbury's Law

New Amsterdam

Murder

Anchorwoman

Temptation

Terminator: The Sarah
Connor Chronicles


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