Review | ‘V’ pulls in viewers just in time to vanish

And I love the chemistry between Joel Gretsch’s priest and Elizabeth Mitchell’s FBI agent, the key figures in the resistance against the Visitors.

Looks like ABC may have a winner on its hands with its “V” reboot after drawing an estimated 14 million viewers to its Tuesday premiere.

That’s too bad; it leaves the air in three more weeks. Yep, that’s right. ABC plans to pull it after three more episodes. At that time, the network either will cancel it (if Nielsen ratings plummet) or bring it back in March for the final nine episodes. The plan now is for it to come back in March. Ugh! I guess ABC wanted to whet our appetites, assuming we’ll come back after the long hiatus.

But, more than likely, the downtime is because “V” has a new showrunner in “Chuck” executive producer Scott Rosenbaum. He’ll oversee episodes five through 13. He takes over for Scott Peters, who will remain with the show after shooting the first four episodes. Peters penned the pilot. According to news reports, “V” originally was slotted as a midseason replacement, but the network moved up the premiere to this month because it didn’t want to debut a new show against “American Idol” (Fox) and the Winter Olympics (NBC).

To make it happen, ABC asked Peters to condense the first six episodes into four for November, which supposedly caused some script problems, reshoots and Peters’ demotion. Anyway, it’s too bad for viewers and for “V.” When a show is put on a long hiatus, it inevitably loses the casual viewers who have committed to other shows. “V” will need a loyal (and large) diehard base to keep going.

The drama, like “Lost” (ABC) and “Battlestar Galactica” (Syfy) before it, has the potential to build a strong base. “V” has enough intrigue and star power to make it happen. I was a little wary of the reboot, having been a fan of the 1980s miniseries. But Peters and his crew are off to a good start, introducing principal characters without bogging down story development.

Some scenes were especially well done, including the TV interview by Scott Wolf’s news anchor of Morena Baccarin’s alien leader Anna, and the “reveal” in the warehouse. Finding out Alan Tudyk’s FBI agent was a Visitor was one of those I-didn’t-see-it-coming moments.

And I love the chemistry between Joel Gretsch’s priest and Elizabeth Mitchell’s FBI agent, the key figures in the resistance against the Visitors.

I’m on board. I’m just bummed “V” will leave us for so long. Seems like ABC could have handled it better.

Source: Journalstar