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Monday, November 2, 2009

Be sure to set the D "V" R

Nobody likes tardy alien invaders.

But that's what area viewers are getting Tuesday night, with local ABC affiliate WBAY planning to push back the debut of the hotly anticipated new series "V" until Saturday night. An episode of "Tuesday Night Touchback" will take "V"'s 7 P.M. Tuesday slot, according to a tweet from the station back in August. (The station had originally planned to air it Wednesday at 12:05 A.M. No reason was given for the switch.)

But judging by the early reviews -- and ignoring that ridiculously bad promo photo at right -- "V" will be worth the wait. Variety's Brian Lowry says the pilot "busily races through too much business, but it dangles a tantalizing array of plots, and features a knockout performance (in more ways than one) by Morena Baccarin as the cool, beguiling alien leader."

Futon Critic's Brian Ford Sullivan calls the opening 10 minutes "particularly astonishing, in no small part due to some stunning visual effects. This definitely isn't your parents' 'V.'"

And when he's not spewing crazy talk about the show being a thinly veiled critique of the Obama administration, the Miami Herald's Glenn Garvin calls the show "sweeping television storytelling at its best."

Nevertheless, there'll be more waiting in store for the series after its first four episodes. In a bizarre bit of scheduling, ABC is putting the show on hiatus in December, apparently regardless of ratings, and bringing it back sometime in 2010. Many saw this as a lack of confidence in the big budget remake, which ABC head honchos, and those early reviews, refute.

But for now, what can you do if you don't want to wait until Saturday night? WBAY's Web site helpfully points out that the premiere will be available at on Wednesday. For something that feels like such a television event, though, being reduced to squinting at it on your Dell seems a little anti-climatic. I'd still recommend setting the DVR for Saturday night, when WBAY has it scheduled to follow their evening news. (Note that WBAY is also airing college football Saturday night, and if that runs long it'll push "V" back even further.)

You don't have to wait to see the first nine minutes of the premiere, anyway. ABC made that available online weeks ago:

-- Adam Reinhard,

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Bummer. I had the midnight showing recorded.

SyFy has also been playing all the old "V" episodes, both the miniseries and the TV show. The miniseries was pretty gripping stuff, though I don't think this bombshell scene carried quite the same resonance because of the cheesy special effects:

-- Tom

By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At November 2, 2009 at 5:22 PM  

The midnight showing was some horrible Comics Unleashed show. Unfortunately, the episode isn't available on Hulu so I just downloaded the episode of V from Bittorrent and will watch it tonight on my computer.

I simply cannot believe that WBAY pushed back a highly rated and highly anticipated show for a Wayne's World-quality local access sports show, even if it does cater to Packers fans.

I suppose that there isn't enough Packers coverage in Green Bay, what with The Larry McCarren Show, The Mike McCarthy Show, Sunday Blitz, unday Sports Night, Tuesday Night Touchback, Inside Lambeau, Inside The Huddle with Donald Driver, etc. on top of all the radio shows and internet forums.

I guess that you just have to cater to the lowest common denominator in Green Bay.

By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 4, 2009 at 5:30 PM  

Also got this email from a ... let's just say rather irate viewer:

"Is this one of the dumbest moves made by WBAY?

In addition to bumping it, the DVR still said it was on at 12:05 am on Wed morning. It wasn't. WBAY said the show would be available for viewing on-line start Wed on It isn't - it won't be available until Saturday. WBAY has really screwed its viewers in order to show Tuesday Night Touchback. I don't get it. This viewer is really frustrated with WBAY. Oh well - they have to answer to their shareholders. I don't..."


By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At November 5, 2009 at 9:53 AM  

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