NBC’s The Event returns tonight [8/7C] with a two-hour mid-season premiere that is, frankly, a letdown. Stripping it of its unconventional, time-hopping structure [because everyone allegedly found it confusing] has also stripped it of its imagination.
With the revelation that the aliens’ outbound message reads, ‘preparations are being made for your arrival,’ The Event sinks from the level of an intriguing and unusual series to the level of a straightforward and much duller alien invasion piece.
Gritty cop show Southland, which was cancelled before any of its twelve completed second season episodes could run on NBC, did well enough on TNT that the series has been renewed for a new ten-ep season to begin airing in January, 2011.
In 1957, a group of under-sized neophyte baseball players from Monterrey, Mexico became the first non-American team to win the Little League World Series. The Perfect Game is sorta, kinda their story.
The movie, adapted for the big screen by the author of the book of the same name, W. William Winkour, plays fast and loose with history in an attempt to make the movie more memorable when the story itself really doesn’t need any such flourishes. Sandy Koufax wasn’t a star in 1957, and it’s extremely unlikely that a team from Kentucky would be integrated – to mention just a couple of unnecessary tweaks. Those and other such additions for the sake of drama might best have been excised. Certainly, those cuts would have made The Perfect Game not only better, but a good deal shorter. At a hair under two hours, it does lag at times.