If science fiction is your cup of tea, this is a good week for you. Fox and USA will premiere new series in the genre. Here are my takes on them.
“Second Chance,” 8 p.m. Wednesday, Fox. The title is apropos because it may need a second chance from the viewer. I wasn’t impressed.
Rob Kazinsky plays the new, improved version of a disgraced sheriff. Thanks to a couple of mad scientist twins (Dilshad Vadsaria, Adhir Kalyan), the 70-something sheriff who had met a gruesome death comes back as a hunky 30-something with superpowers.
Kazinsky is bland. As is the seen-it-before strained relationship between him and his “son,” an FBI agent played by Tim DeKay (“White Collar”). The strange dynamic between twin brother and sister, however, is the reason I will give it a second chance. That’s the best thing about the new drama. Grade: C
“Colony,” 9 p.m. Thursday, USA. “Lost” star Josh Holloway (he played Sawyer) and executive producer Carlton Cuse reteam on this drama set in future and chronicling a family’s struggle to survive in an occupied Los Angeles. By whom or what is a mystery.
Holloway plays a former FBI agent coerced by the evil occupation government to hunt down the resistance movement. The cast includes Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) as his wife, and Peter Jacobson (“House”) as a government puppet master.
Like “Lost,” you’ll be left with more questions than answers by pilot’s end. I am, of course, all in. I’m a sucker for a good mystery thriller. Plus, Holloway gets to show off his action-hero skills here, as does Callies. Should be a fun ride. Grade: B.
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* The big news -- outside of everybody watching and talking about Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” -- was Michael Weatherly’s announcing he’s leaving “NCIS” after 13 seasons. You may know him better as Special Agent Tony DiNozzo. It was his decision, saying “CBS gave me an opportunity of a lifetime.”
* (Spoiler alert) Speaking of "Murderer," when I binge-watched it with my wife, I stopped it halfway through episode seven and asked: If Steven Avery didn't kill photographer Teresa Halbach, then who did and why? My two cents: I thought Avery's lawyers proved reasonable doubt, even after reading about what we didn't see in the documentary. But I'm not so sure about Avery's innocence. I feel pretty confident, though, his nephew didn't have anything to do with it.
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* Hugh Laurie will return to the small screen this summer. The former “House” star will front the new drama series “Chance,” which has scored two 10-episode seasons on Hulu. Based on Kem Nunn’s novel of the same name, the series will feature Laurie as a forensic neuropsychiatrist who has an affair with a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder.
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