May 13, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Salem
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We’ll be looking at the networks’ trailers for their new shows all week at SHOWBUZZDAILY  Let’s start things off with NBC’s big-ticket new Monday night drama REVOLUTION.



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WHAT IT’S SAYING:   Movie-sized spectacle from JJ Abrams and the director of Iron Man.

WHAT IT’S REALLY SAYING:  Jericho meets Dark Skies meets The Book of Eli meets The Walking Dead meets The Hunger Games (note the prominent bows and arrows) meets every other post-apocalyptic movie and TV show you’ve ever seen, with the dad from Twilight as the hero.  The CG looks great, but beware of Terra Nova Syndrome, where all the production values are in the pilot budget, and the series itself is lucky to have 5 CG shots per episode.  An extended dialogue scene could give you some pause about how the series will work when the spectacle is over and it’s time for storytelling.  And at this point, the climactic conspiratorial twist at the very end of the pilot is such a cliche that the bigger surprise would be if it didn’t have one.




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."