Friday, April 01, 2005

I've decided that TV Producer J.J. Abrams...

is "one of us".
I mean, as the high priest of his own personal cult of television obscurity.
What is "Alias" but a straightened-out version of Stephanie Powers' old one season wonder "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E."?
"Lost" though, that has a more tangled lineage. The setting is suggestive of Aaron Spelling's 1969 flop "The New People" (screened by Channel Zero last summer as a matter of fact)...the science fictional elements (mysterious monsters, strangers on the island) evoke everything from "Land of the Giants" to more notorious stuff like "Lost in Space".
So what is old is what is new...either that or J.J. Abrams was sneaking into our old shows at the Liberty Cafe and Phoenix Landing.
Whats next for him I wonder...a reconfiguration of "Captain Nice" starring Andy Dick?

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