When NBC cleaned house to make room for new programming, newcomer “The Event” was one of the shows that got the ax.
Yet the creator of the sci-fi drama, Nick Wauters, held out hope that “The Event” wouldn’t be out of commission for long. "Alas #theevent will not be back on NBC next season but we r actively pursuing other avenues to keep the show alive," he tweeted. "Stay tuned for more info!"
It looks like his promise may come to pass: Deadline reports that Syfy is talking about running “The Event” as a miniseries.
Friday saw the cancellation of several shows on ABC and NBC, following Tuesday's string of Fox shows which got the TV equivalent of a pink slip.
One "on the bubble" show, "Brothers and Sisters," starring Calista Flockhart and Sally Field, was denied a sixth season, while many of the rest were shows that had started since this past fall.
For example, one of the highest profile new series of the season, NBC's "The Event," was also canceled.
Some big changes were made at NBC on Monday, including television chairman Jeff Gaspin (who also had a hand in managing the various changes on the network's late night programming) announcing he will leave the company, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Along with that, the network announced some changes in the midseason schedule, foremost among them a risky expansion of their Thursday night comedy block into a third hour, following disappointing ratings for the relaunched non-celebrity "Apprentice." (The last network to try that was ABC in 1991, according to The L.A. Times.)
This includes a move of the just-renewed "30 Rock" to 10 p.m. ET, the return of critical darling "Parks and Recreation" in the post-"Office" slot, and a new series, "Perfect Couples," co-starring "The Daily Show's" Olivia Munn.
You may not know the name Bill Smitrovich, but you're probably familiar with his work: He's been in 89 movies and TV shows since 1982, according to IMDB. He's probably best known as the father from the series "Life Goes On," and playing military figures in the hit movies "Independence Day" and "Air Force One."
He's also gotten quite the promotion on NBC's conspiracy thriller series "The Event," playing the vice president to Blair Underwood's President Martinez. On Monday night's episode, he told reporters in a conference call, we find out a lot more about Vice President Jarvis.
"It’s always nice to have your character be revealed in some way, and the depth of that character, because of this episode, will be revealed as well," he said. "But it also sets up great conflicts - inner conflicts - for this character. There are a lot of monsters out there who wear cuff links and get millions of dollars a year and I happen to get caught up in this cesspool of promises from those kinds of people."
[Editor's note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't watched the latest episode of "The Event," stop reading now.]
Three episodes into "The Event," it certainly still has my attention, though it's almost entirely driven by plot twists, each one more outlandish than the last.
One major problem I can see coming down the road is what might happen if the story starts to veer too far into bizarro territory. No matter how far down the rabbit hole "Lost" went, it always had characters to ground it in reality. So far, the only emotional center for "The Event" is Sean Walker (the rest of the characters, except possibly President Martinez and his family, are still enigmas, in part to service the plot).
On Monday night's episode, we finally got a little more insight into Sean (for those who haven't perused NBC's website, anyway). It turns out that he's not merely a video game programmer, but he has a little history having hacked into a government database for fun.
For those of you who had "they're aliens" in "The Event" pool, it looks like you're a winner.
Monday night's episode revealed that the mysterious detainees whom President Martinez was planning to release had crashed in Alaska back in 1944, and these "non-terrestrial" beings had been locked up ever since for refusing to reveal their "agenda." This is all according to the President's adviser Blake Sterling, played by Željko Ivanek, whom we know is up to no good - because he's played by Ivanek.
Martinez tries to get to the bottom of this by talking to Sophia but he doesn't get very far. Oh, by the way, Sophia and her people/aliens, including CIA operative Simon Lee (who had an icky moment - rivaling "V," that other alien show - involving a fake vein in his arm), haven't aged a day in over 60 years.
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