Friday, September 28, 2007

K-Ville: First Take of the Premiere Preview

Fox and have gotten together and you can watch the k-ville premier right now. Go to the NOLA Entertainment section to see it. If that video is no longer available, you can view it at Fox but you need to download a viewer.

Unless you've been under a rock (or have absolutely no interest in New Orleans topics), you have heard of K-Ville. If you haven't heard, it's a cop drama in New Orleans about two years after Katrina hit. New Orleans now. Crime drama. Just like real life. Only here the bad guys are rich white women and mercenaries that work at casinos. And I thought there was enough crime with the scum bag murderers, gang bangers, dopers, pimps, etc.

From the blurb on

From writer and executive producer Jonathan Lisco (“NYPD Blue,” “The District”) comes K-VILLE, a heroic police drama set – and filmed – in New Orleans. Two years after Katrina, parts of the city are still in chaos, but hope has emerged. Battling an upsurge of violence, understaffing of police forces and a lack of crime labs and other facilities, the cops who remain in the New Orleans Police Department have courage to burn and a passion to reclaim and rebuild their city.

MARLIN BOULET (Anthony Anderson) is a brash, wry, in-your-face veteran of the NOPD’s Felony Action Squad, the specialized unit that targets the most-wanted criminals. Even when his partner deserted him during the storm, Boulet held his post, spending days in the water saving lives and keeping order. Now, two years later, he’s unapologetic about bending the rules when it comes to collaring bad guys. The stakes are too high, and the city too fragile, for him to do things by the book.

Boulet’s new partner, TREVOR COBB (Cole Hauser), was a soldier in Afghanistan before joining the NOPD. He’s tough and committed, but if he’s less than comfortable with Boulet’s methods, it’s because he’s harboring a dark secret. Cobb has come to New Orleans seeking redemption, but redemption can be dangerous. Will Boulet be able to trust him? Will Cobb’s past endanger them both?

Rounding out the crew are wisecracking JEFF “GLUE BOY” GOODEN (Blake Shields), the team’s comic relief; tough-as-nails GINGER “LOVE TAP” LeBEAU (Tawny Cypress), the only female on the squad; and CAPTAIN JAMES EMBRY (John Carroll Lynch), who wrangles the eclectic personalities of his squad with equal parts humor and tenacity.

Through its no-holds-barred crime stories and dramatic personal stories, this intriguing series will take viewers from the Victorian mansions of the Garden District to the rubble of the Lower 9th Ward.

K-VILLE, executive-produced by Lisco and Craig Silverstein (BONES, “Standoff”), is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Deran Sarafian (HOUSE, “CSI”) directed the pilot.

I watched it this morning and I have some opinions of it. I've asked some non-new orleanian friends to check it out and tell me how it plays to a non-native. I also read the forum comments and I agree with some of them.

Even though I have some opinions, I am going to reserve judgment until I have seen several shows. My first thoughts are, as you read in my first paragraph above, somewhat incredulous that with everything that is wrong, they needed to make up such a contrived plot for the premier.

Why not a story about two guys, brothers maybe?, who are the cities two most wanted criminals who are both gunned down by other scum bags before the police can catch them? Oh wait. That one has already been done. In real-life.

How about a painfully inept DA that dismisses a high profile case, maybe like 5 teens gunned down in broad daylight, because he can't find a witness? Our cop, Boulet, can track down the witness in, say three hours, and show everyone what a complete numb nut the DA is. Oh wait. That really happened.

Ok. Maybe I like the rich white woman/merc story-line. At least I'll watch it for a while and see how it goes. Can it be any worse than real-life?


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