Wednesday, June 08, 2005

THE BOX – “Inside” Genius

Tonight “The Inside” makes its prremier on Fox. Shame on me for not reminding you everyday for the past month to get your tivos ready.

The Inside first blipped on my radar last fall when talk of the midseason rumbled through television land. Okay yet ANOTHER show about CRIME your saying. I know I know, way to beat a dead horse. BUT this just isn’t any crime drama. This is from the mind of genre master Tim Minear.

Okay, never heard of him right? Well, maybe you’ve heard of his work: Lois & Clark (that other Teri Hatcher show), The X-Files, Firefly, Angel, and the way too short-lived Wonderfalls.

All other credits aside, Minear earned my everlasting admiration by not only producing, but writing and directing a large portion of Angel: Season Three (buy it) – the best single season of drama ever aired. That’s right Lost, 24, West Wing, and ER, I said it.

In addition to Minear, Howard Gordon (Producer of 24) is the co-creator. This gets a loud “F*ck Yeah” from me. Did I mention Brian Grazer is executive producing? That’s right, from the people who brought you 24, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, and Arrested Development bring you inside evil...

The Inside:

“With very little field experience, rookie F.B.I. Agent Rebecca Locke will become part of a sinister and unsavory world when she is recruited to join the Bureau's Los Angeles Violent Crimes Unit as a new profiler. A special division headed by Supervisory Special Agent Virgil "Web" Webster that is devoted to investigating the darkest and most heinous crimes committed by human beings. Unbeknownst to Rebecca, her traumatic past that she has struggled to bury and keep hidden from others is the sole reason why Web has recruited her. That what had tormented Rebecca so long ago will give her a unique insight and place her in a specific mindset to help her tackle these cases. This is also the case with her new colleagues as Web knows each of their past histories and secrets. It remains unclear the lengths that he is willing to go with his agents in order to successfully solve a crime.”
(From TV Tome)

***For you Buffyverse fans, look forward to Adam Baldwin (a.k.a. Hamilton) and Amber Benson (a.k.a. Tara).

I’ll also leave you with this interesting set report from inside The Inside:

“The show is filmed on what used to be the Buffy the Vampire Slayer sets, and Minear’s new office is Joss Whedon’s old office. The floor the Buffy writers occupied for seven years is pretty barren, now. The movie posters that used to line the hallway (Dude, Where’s My Car?) and artwork plastered on the writers’ office doors is all gone, as is the huge neon Buffy logo that used to take up half the wall on the first floor. There’s been no time to redecorate, the new sets took precedence and have only been standing on what used to be the Hellmouth for a couple of weeks. Besides, this building is to be leveled in the summer, having been sold by FOX Studios. Other than a bottle of holy water and some discarded wrapping paper from Christmas gifts strewn about Minear’s office, everything is sort of beige and non-descript, but there’s really no reason to settle in completely.”

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