“The Event”, on NBC, has a stellar cast. The website describes “The Event” as a,” high-octane conspiracy thriller…”. One in which the lead, Sean Walker, stumbles upon the greatest conspiracy theory in US history. The show brings together a group of strangers. Involving all of them into this global cover-up. Of course, once they are involved lives will be changed forever and humanity will never be the same. Wow. That’s a terribly big story.
“The Event” is following the lead of other recent sitcoms. The writer’s give you a glimpse of the story and then lead you around week after week with the promise of more information. Usually they just give you more questions. The problem is, after awhile the audience gets tired of playing the guessing game and stops watching. There are shows that have worked this theme and did great. “Lost”, ABC, lasted for 6 seasons. I willingly watched every single episode, trying to understand what happened. In the end, I was glad it was over. This lack of information also worked for “The X-Files”. I eagerly awaited every show in hopes of finding out more about the evil Smoking Man. I never knew paranoia could be so much fun!
Giving constant questions and few answers does not always work. “Heroes”,NBC, started out strong. Great characters, an unusual story line, and a conspiracy all in one show. After the first season the story kept changing, dead characters would reappear, and the bad guy kept coming bad. It felt like the writer’s had gotten lost. It also did not work for the recent ABC show “Flash Forward”. It also had a great start. From the previews we knew a world wide catastrophe occurred. What we did not know was, who did it or why. Of course only the FBI could solve it. In the end, the story fizzled. The last episode was a let down. It was like a balloon with a slow leak.
The questions remain. Can ‘The Event” give the viewers enough information on a regular basis, without giving everything away? Will “The Event” actually be suspenseful enough for viewers to bother watching? Will the characters be interesting enough for us to even care what happens to them? Tune in to watch “The Event” on Monday, September 20,2010 at 9/8pm on NBC to find out.
Cast of “The Event”
Jason Ritter (Sean Walker- video game programmer) son of legend John Ritter. Has acted in “Parenthood”, “The Class”, and “Joan of Arcadia”. He has also been in the movie “The Dry Land”.
Blair Underwood (President Elias Martinez) Has been acting on the large and small screen for decades. Some of his credits include “LA Law”, “In Treatment”, “Sex and the City”, and “Madea’s Family Reunion”.
Zeljko Ivanek (Blake Sterling- Director of National Security) He has over 20 movie credits to his name, as well as TV credits. A few are “Heroes”, “Oz”, “True Blood”, and “24”.
Laura Innes (Sophia Maguire- spokesperson for detainees) Laura is best known for her part on “ER”. She is also an accomplished director.
Sarah Roemer (Leila Buchanan- Sean’s girlfriend) She can be seen in “The Love Child”, “Falling Up”, and “The Con Artist”, to name a few.
Ian Anthony Dale (Simon Lee- CIA) Simon’s acting credits include “Surface”, “Day Break”, and “24”.
Scott Patterson (Michael Buchanan- Leila’s father) Scott is most famous for his role on “The Gilmore Girls”
.Bill Smitrovich (Jarvis Raymond- Vice President) Bill is most famous for his role on “Life Goes On”. He has also appeared on the silver screen in “Independence Day”, “Iron Man” and “Air Force One”, to name a few.
Lisa Videl (Christina Martinez- First Lady) Lisa has had roles on many TV shows. A few are “Boston Legal”, “CSI: Miami”, and “ER”. She has also appeared on the silver screen, including “Star Trek”.
Taylor Cole (Vicky Roberts- socialite) Taylor is in the upcoming movie “The Green Hornet”. She has also appeared in “Heroes” and “NCIS”.