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Fall TV Preview 2009: V
Premiere: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 8-9 p.m.
Time-Slot Competition: NCIS, 90210, So You Think You Can Dance, The Biggest Loser
Cast: Elizabeth Mitchell, Scott Wolf, Morena Baccarin, Joel Gretsch
Status: We’ve seen the pilot.
What’s V all about? Should you watch? Read on…
You won’t see any shoulder pads or big ’80s hair in this revamp of the sci-fi cult classic—and this series wastes no time revealing the true nature of the Visitors. Still there will be plenty of surprises—especially the conclusion to the first episode. Save your snacks for later, because you will scream.
The Vs—as the populace quickly abbreviates them—cause some mild damage and major hysteria when they descend on Earth and position their spaceships above major cities throughout the globe. But humans just love getting presents (including peace, harmony and cool techno-gadgets), especially when delivered by a beautiful alien leader, Anna, who comes in smokin’-hot wrapping. So as far as the Earthlings are concerned, everything is copacetic with the Vs.
But count on the cynicism of a few grouchy New Yorkers—including FBI agent Erica Evans (Lost‘s Mitchell), a priest (Gretsch) and an ambitious news anchor (Wolf)—to stir up questions about the invaders’ true intentions.
Unfortunately, Evans’ teenage son is not so cynical. In fact, as soon as he meets the Vs, he’s a lost cause. His single mom is going to have a tough time separating him from his Peace Ambassador uniform, wicked space-shuttle flights and a seductive blond alien recruiter. (Kids today!)
It won’t be easy for others in the resistance movement either. Father Jack’s faith in God and religion is challenged, while reporter Ryan Seacrest Chad Decker is forced to choose between integrity…and phenomenal success.
3. “V” — The alien invasion story that started out as an NBC miniseries in 1980 is back in a new format with a new attitude. It’s not y yet gripping, but it gets off to an intriguing start as spaceships hover over 25 cities with aliens offering peace and technological assistance in exchange for water from mankind. Or is that all they want? People are changing and the aliens are penetrating society. Are they rogues or is this their actual purpose? Elizabeth Mitchell (“Lost”) plays an FBI agent investigating the aliens and trying to protect her curious teenage son. Scott Wolf plays an ambitious reporter who may or may not develop a sense of professional ethics. 10 p.m. Thursday. Premieres Nov. 3
WHEN: Tuesdays at 8pm EST on ABC (Premiering November 3rd)
WHAT:(from ABC’s press release, August 2009)V is a re-imagining of the 1980s miniseries about the world’s first encounter with an alien race. Simultaneously appearing over every major city in the world, the Visitors (or V’s) promote a message of peace. Through their generous offer to share advanced technology, the V’s build a following that may actually hide a more malevolent agenda, one that twists a very deep component of human nature — devotion.
WHY: Because you like sci-fi, because you think Elizabeth Mitchell is awesome (she is!), because you enjoy buzz-worthy serialized dramas, because you think the main alien lady is hottt!
I’ve been back and forth with Lost in the last couple of seasons. Sure, I want answers, but the melodrama and the constant manipulation by the writers has taken its toll. At times I’ve found I don’t give a damn about answers any longer. But we’ve only got one more season to invest, and that’s worth it to find out what’s really going on with Locke. Premiere: 2010.
At this point, V could go either way. The pilot, which I screened in San Diego at Comic-con, was serviceable, but had its problems. With some slight tweaks, though, I expect the remake of the ’80s miniseries to be worth watching. If nothing else, we’ve got Elizabeth Mitchell and Morena Baccarin to look forward to. Premiere: Tuesday, Nov. 3.
“V” updates ’80s alien saga, bringing lizards and allegory with it
Posted on September 3rd, 2009 | By Stacey Harrison
Like many who were young when they saw the V miniseries back in 1983, one scene in particular was permanently seared into the psyche of Morena Baccarin.
“I remember watching it when I was really little with my brother and being totally freaked out by the hamster-eating scene,” she says. This is when the head alien, Diana, picks up a cute little rodent and, through the use of now-schlocky special effects, expands her jaw to an absurd length and stuffs it home. As shocking as it was, the statuesque actress also admits watching it all was “pretty great.”
That’s the essential appeal of V, which later spawned a sequel miniseries and a short-lived weekly series. It’s now looking to freak out a whole new generation when it debuts as one of ABC’s most anticipated new shows Nov. 3. Baccarin — who has shorn her signature long, flowing locks seen on Firefly for a cropped, icy cut — takes over the role of lead Visitor, now named Anna. She can’t say yet whether there’s any rodent eating in her future.
For the most part, however, V remains the same story. The world wakes up one day to find several massive spaceships floating over its major cities, carrying a message from Anna saying that the Visitors have come in peace, but are in need of water for their home planet. In exchange, they will provide their superior technology to help humanity fight disease and advance its civilization. While much of the population is on board, viewing the Visitors as saviors from the heavens, there is a patch of resistance that suspects ulterior motives.
The ensemble cast also includes Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) as an FBI agent and single mom who joins the resistance, only to find her teenage son (Logan Huffman) seduced by the Visitors; Morris Chestnut (Boyz n the Hood) as a man whose mysterious past keeps coming back to haunt him; Joel Gretsch as a priest who has trouble reconciling the Visitors’ presence with his faith; and Scott Wolf as a shallow TV journalist who struggles with a newfound sense of ethics after becoming the Visitors’ media mouthpiece.
Aside from the leaps forward in special effects, Baccarin says this version of V, while faithful to the original setup, also reflects changes in society in the past 26 years.
“I feel like they really captured the idea and the sense that we’re looking for hope at this time in our lives, and we’re looking for somebody or someone to rescue us in a way, which is I think a lot of the reason why Obama got elected,” she says. “The Visitors offer that kind of fantasy and that ideal for us that we seemed to have lost as the human race. I really like that idea that there are these people from a different planet who can show us how to be human beings better than we can remember.”
Executive producer Jeff Bell puts a finer point on it, bringing up the significance of the show being conceived during the Bush administration but airing during Obama’s presidency.
“The original focused on a Nazi allegory. These were evil reptiles bent on taking over the world,” he says. “But this isn’t a war show. One of the themes is blind devotion. This is a bigger, broader questioning of authority, calling into question anyone who goes along too easily with whoever is in charge.”
The Visitors’ infiltration of the human race goes far beyond the spaceships. They all are physically attractive, and have studied how to best play with our emotions and get us on their side. In the pilot, Baccarin’s character shows a deft media prowess as well, enticing her interviewer (Wolf) into avoiding questions that could cast the Visitors in a negative light. It will make his career, she tells him, and give him a global audience. What’s a few shredded journalistic ethics next to that?
The pilot pretty much sums up the original miniseries, using it as a jumping point to tell a much larger story, one to which Bell and the rest of the writers reportedly know the ultimate ending. But it should be a thrill getting there.
“There’s really the element of surprise and fear in it that’s a total hook,” Baccarin says. “While I was watching it, I really wanted to know what was going to happen in the next few episodes, because it was so incredibly scary as you start to discover how long they’ve really been here and what’s been going on.”
Source: Channel Guide
The 10 most anticipated new shows are:
1. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
2. FlashForward (ABC)
3. Glee (Fox)
4. V (ABC)
5. The Vampire Diaries (CW)
6. The Good Wife (CBS)
7. Three Rivers (CBS)
8. The Jay Leno Show(NBC)
9. Trauma (NBC)
10. Stargate Universe (SyFy)
Source: TV GUIDE
The past is a popular place to mine for material, which brings us to V. This remake of the 1984 series centers on an alien invasion of Earth by ‘The Visitors.’ They claim to be peaceful, but are they?
Lost alumnus Elizabeth Mitchell stars as Homeland Security Agent, Erica Evans, who discovers that ‘The Visitors’ aren’t all they seem. She becomes entangled with Anna, (Morenna Baccarin), the leader of The Visitors, who can be both kind and giving yet also wildly manipulative. Scott Wolf (Party of Five) also shows up as a reporter who feeds Americans Anna’s propaganda. V references current hot button political issues, such as healthcare, through a science fiction lens.