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TV: The Great Network Roundup, Epics Wins and Fails

This past week networks have been making the big decisions on which pilots would be making it to series come fall. Most failed to make the cut, starting with the Mark Romanek-directed “Locke & Key” adaptation, which had me shaking my angry fist at Fox all week long (and I won’t ever stop).

Some good news to start as ABC picked up “The River” from Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Orphan, House of Wax), “a world traveler (Leslie Hope) and top-notch producer who, six months after her TV explorer husband Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) goes missing in the Amazon, receives a signal from his beacon. Convinced that Emmet is alive, Tess forces her reluctant son Lincoln (Joe Anderson) to abandon his medical studies and lead a rescue expedition.

On the other side of the news, ABC passed on the procedural drama “Poe” that follows Edgar Allan Poe (Chris Egan), the world’s very first detective, as he uses unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840s Boston.

NBC also passed up on a supernatural show as “17th Precinct” is a no-go. The series would have been a twist on the classic cop show, with the crimes set in a fantasy world where magic and mythical creatures are real.

And as previously reported, NBC has ordered the “Grimm” story to series. Created by David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf and directed by Marc Buckland, “Grimm” is a dark but fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist. “It centers on Nick Burckhardt (David Giuntoli), a good-looking detective who starts to see humans as beast/animals and discovered that he has a legacy – to protect “humans” from these beasts.



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