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‘The Event’ Gets Dumbed Down…I Mean Retooled

January 19, 2011

Good news to the handful of The Event fans: your show just got dumbed down! The drama which averaged 9mil viewers before it was sent back down to the minor leagues plans a leaner, less complicated story arc when it returns to the network on Feb. 28. Okay, so when its gorgeous star Blair Underpants chatted with EW he put a better spin on it:

We had been jumping around a lot and doing flashbacks and that was confusing to people,” he told EW. “So when we come back, that device is done with! We are now telling the story straight through so people can track it and follow it easier.

Not for nothing, but if it takes you ten episodes to establish your characters and their backstory, you might want to head on back to a writers’ workshop. Ten episodes is a lot of ask of an audience with so many content choices available to them. The Event isn’t actually a horrible show; it’s just derivative. It also was a show that didn’t utilize its impressive cast nor the “flashbacks” well. The best television show currently airing offering a glimpse of time jumps done well is Damages. The key is to really know where your characters and their storylines are going, which didn’t appear to be the case based on the episodes I viewed. The Event seemed needlessly intricate with the promise of an anti climatic payoff. Yet, I really liked the cast so I continued to watch. I see you, Željko Ivanek!

Many shows tinker with the fledgling elements early in their run. Sex and the City famously dropped Carrie’s awkward conversations with the camera and Six Feet Under jettisoned their quirky, but atonal spoof ads for funeral products. So it doesn’t bode ominous for NBC to alter elements of The Event that leave viewers cold or simply don’t work from a creative standpoint. Better to have those changes happen sooner rather than later. And kudos to NBC for sticking with at least one of its faltering fall offerings. Based on the changes reported and the addition of underrated actor Virginia Madsen to the existing talented ensemble, I hope ‘The Event’ finally rises to the hyperbole promised by the title.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2011 7:21 pm

    Virginia Madsen? Sold!

  2. January 19, 2011 8:10 pm

    I’m excited by the culling of the flashbacks. But I found them annoying, not confusing.

    I’m really only in it for Ritter.

  3. January 20, 2011 7:51 pm

    I’m wondering when Jimmy Smits will migrate over to show since he’s got nothing but time.

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