E.R. has regained my trust with its highly hyped--and highly
effective--"E.R. Live" episode, performed live twice, once for
each coast. It's a sometimes uneven but great show, with a strong and talented
ensemble cast and cinematic use of sights and sounds.
When I heard that the live show--about a documentary crew in the hospital--also
would include live music, I was a little skeptica
This is the handsomest piece of TV I've seen in a long time. Done with style and verve for ABC?following a
flatfooted version on CBS a few months ago?the new four-hour miniseries of the Jules Verne classic is thick with
ideas, condensing the novel in well-thought-out ways and adding absorbing new wrinkles such as racial difficulties
and family conflicts. The narrator Aronnax
Okay, how much TV did we all watch this past month? How much did we wish, afterwards, that we had watched?
At least as far as TV is concerned, if it's crap, it's still free, and it's still eminently easy to tune out (neither of which could be said for Twister). And in the quest to remember what was wheat and what was chaff in the special
events and their music, TV is still worth talking about.
The miniseries edition of The Odyssey, happily, overcame the typical problems of translating literature to
manageable size for TV; despite the Cliff's Notes story condensing, exceptionally poorly timed cuts to commercials
the frequent cartoonishness of men-in-togas acting, the end result was a well-paced, beautifully shot ripping yarn.
While the poetry of the original epic was left far behind?what if some