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The Daily Review: Revolution, The Mob Doctor, Perception Finale, Bones, Alphas, More

Emily Deschanel

Where were you when the lights went out?

That scenario, which has been played for comedy in the past, is the stuff of escapist fantasy-adventure in the more appealing and promising of two new network dramas premiering tonight. NBC's heavily hyped Revolution (10/9c) follows a long line of high-concept quick fades including The Event (same network, same night), Terra Nova (same night, different network), FlashForward, V, Alcatraz and so on. Will this make the grade where so many others failed? read more

Can Revolution Break the Mystery Show Curse?

Tracy Spiridakos

Many shows have fallen victim to the three most cursed words in recent TV history: "the next Lost." Ever since the island drama debuted in 2005, networks have been scrambling to re-create the series' irresistible combination of poignant drama and the bizarre supernatural. Unfortunately, most shows that try to fill those shoes — FlashForward, The Event and Alcatraz, to name three — have floundered within just a season. Does NBC's latest foray into sci-fi mystery genre, Revolution, have what it takes to break the curse? read more

What Are the Most Anticipated New Fall Shows?

Tracy Spiridakos

Revolution is the most anticipated new fall show, according to TVGuide.com users' Watchlist adds.

NBC's Revolution, from J.J. Abrams and Supernatural's Eric Kripke, is the most-added freshman series on TVGuide.com's Watchlist, followed by ...
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Fringe's J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman Reunite for Robot Cop Drama

JJ Abrams

J.J. Abrams will reunite with his Fringe producer J.H. Wyman on an upcoming project for Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The upcoming pilot is a futuristic cop drama set in a not-so-distant future when Los Angeles police officers are partnered up with human-like androids. Wyman will write the script and executive produce along with Abrams and Bryan Burk.

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Grey’s Kim Raver Jumps Aboard NBC’s Revolution

Kim Raver

Grey's Anatomy and 24 grad Kim Raver is joining NBC's new drama Revolution in a recurring role, TVLine reports.

Executive-produced by J.J. Abrams, Revolution takes place... read more

Watch the First Full Episode of J.J. Abrams' Revolution Now

Tracy Spiridakos, Anna Lise Phillips and Zak Orth

Want to watch the first episode of J.J. Abrams' Revolution two weeks before it officially premieres? Well, now you can!

A group of ragtag survivors, including Miles (Billy Burke), a former military man, and his niece Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos), struggle to live in a world where, 15 years earlier, all forms of energy mysteriously ceased to exist. Will they be the ones to turn the lights back on?

Exclusive Video: Meet the hero of NBC's Revolution

Check out the full first episode, which premieres Monday, Sept. 17 at 10/9c on NBC... read more

NBC Reveals The 10 Cities to Land a Revolution Screening

Revolution

A Revolution is coming next month to 10 U.S. cities, including Denver, Chicago and Philadelphia. NBC is set today to announce the top ten markets from its "Powered by the People" voting campaign on behalf of the network's new J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke drama.

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Will Your Watchlist Picks Predict Fall TV Success?

Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu

Last fall, eight of the top 10 shows added to Watchlist were picked up for a full season. Coincidence -- or are TVGuide.com users just that savvy at picking winners? And will they have the same Midas touch this year?

What is a Watchlist? This video explains

We're going to find out. Since May, when the networks announced their fall lineups at the annual upfronts presentations, we've been tracking which shows users were most excited about, as evidenced by their addition to Watchlists. Three months later, we've got a lot of data from our 500,000+ Watchlist users. So far, for example, users are generally more interested in... read more

Exclusive: NBC Asks Viewers to Vote for Revolution In Their Hometown

Revolution

Say, you want a Revolution? NBC is looking to power up some interest in its new J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke drama, which it has been heavily promoting during the Olympics. Later tonight the network will launch a contest for viewers to score a... read more

Ask Matt: The Newsroom, Glee Project, Falling Skies, True Blood, More

The Newsroom

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: It seems that many TV critics (you being a notable exception) are coming down hard on The Newsroom, and I was wondering if you have an idea of why this is. Yes, it's preachy, but every Aaron Sorkin show and movie is. Successful, intelligent career women are portrayed as being driven mostly by their hormones, but that's true of every woman character on TV that's written by a man (unless played by Julianna Margulies or Connie Britton). And some of the plot contrivances (the wayward e-mails, the Bigfoot obsession, the cute blonde assistant who is smart when the plot needs her smart and dumb when the plot needs her dumb) are cringe-worthy. On the other hand, you've got a talented, likable cast ably delivering some of the snappiest dialogue on TV, which right there puts it ahead of 95 percent of everything else.

I'm not saying it's not flawed, but the pluses outweigh the minuses by quite a bit, and the show is wildly entertaining. So why the heavily negative reaction? Is Sorkin held to a higher standard? Are journalists taking more shots because the show is set in a milieu they know (a newsroom) rather than the White House? Curious on your take on this. — Rick

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