Fall Pilots Preview: Unforgettable
(With the fall’s crop of new shows hitting later this month, now seems like a good a time to start previewing all of the new network offerings. As I’m not a professional critic, I don’t get access to all of the nice, shiny screeners that the pros do, so I’m basing my opinions somewhat on their thoughts as well as on teaser clips that the networks have released. These are very rough thoughts that could very well change once I’ve seen a full pilot. With that in mind, onto the preview.)
Who: Stars Poppy Montgomery (Without A Trace), Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck), Kevin Rankin (Justified), and Michael Gaston (Fringe).
When: Tuesdays at 10:00 PM (Premieres September 19)
What: CBS’s description via The Futon Critic: “Unforgettable stars Poppy Montgomery as Carrie Wells, an enigmatic former police detective with a rare condition that makes her memory so flawless that every place, every conversation, every moment of joy and every heartbreak is forever embedded in her mind. It’s not just that she doesn’t forget anything – she can’t; except for one thing: the details that would help solve her sister’s long-ago murder. Carrie has tried to put her past behind her, but she’s unexpectedly reunited with her ex-boyfriend and partner, NYPD Detective Al Burns (Dylan Walsh), when she consults on a homicide case. His squad includes Det. Mike Costello (Michael Gaston), Al’s right-hand man; Detective Roe Saunders (Kevin Rankin), the junior member of the team; and Detective Nina Inara (Daya Vaidya), a sassy, street-smart cop. Being back on the job after a break feels surprisingly right for Carrie. Despite her conflicted feelings for Al, she decides to permanently join his unit as a detective solving homicides – most notably, the unsolved murder of her sister. All she needs to do is remember. Ed Redlich, John Bellucci, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are executive producers for Sony Television Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.”
Jeremy Likes TV’s Thoughts: You know how CBS always takes crap for being the network for old people? Shows like this are the reason why. It’s a procedural with a semi-identifiable lead that will likely wrap up its storylines in a tidy little package from episode to episode. There’s no challenge here. It’s safe. It’s bland. And it’ll probably be a hit with the masses because, in a lot of ways, it sounds like The Mentalist with a female lead. It faces less than stiff competition from NBC’s underrated Parenthood and ABC’s similar parent-baiting Body Of Proof and with a lead-in from CBS’s successful NCIS franchise, all of the elements are there for this to be a hit. An undeserving hit, but a hit nonetheless.
Chances It Gets A Full Season: 85%
Recommendation: Thumbs down. This just isn’t for me. But your mom will probably like it.
Other Reading About Unforgettable:
HitFix’s Dan Fienberg
The Futon Critic
TVLine’s Matt Webb Mitovich