May 15, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Salem
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WHAT IT’S SAYING:  Crimson Tide, with Andre Braugher as Gene Hackman and Scott Speedman as Denzel Washington.  Nuclear stakes.  A lot of grim-faced guys underwater and in Washington, drawing lines in the sand..

WHAT IT’S REALLY SAYING:  This is the lead-in to Grey’s Anatomy?  That’s a little like Patton leading in to Notting Hill.  “From the creator of The Shield” carries a lot of weight, so it deserves the benefit of the doubt.  But more questions than answers for now.  Like, is Andre Braugher a hero or unbalanced–or both?  (The Shield‘s Vic Mackey being one of TV’s great antiheroes.)  Does Scott Speedman get to do more than look concerned and have intense phone calls with his far-away wife?  And more importantly, once the pilot gets the sub crew to their own island, with their own nuclear deterrent, what happens in Episode 2?



About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."