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Thursday, January 08, 2004

****HACK ALERT**** ****HACK ALERT*****


Tonight's Threat Matrix, unseen show on ABC, has a plot revolving around a main character caught in a bank robbery gone wrong turn hostage situation. This Dog Day afternoon has been used on such shows as "Comish," "Third Watch," and recently on the Sci Fi cop drama " Dead Zone ."

I must go into that bank. One of my men is in there so some strange reason.

Recipe for bank hostage plot:
1 character from the show, put them in regular clothes and have them run to the bank on a quick errand.

Have the character talk to everyone and make small talk. This is where we learn to care about the other people in the bank, in case someone is shot or hyper ventilates, the viewers will care. A pregnant woman who's about to blow would be great.

Then add the irritated about to blow, sweaty bank robber who finally pulls out the gun.
I'm bored and I work here.

The cop pretends to be a normal victim until his/her cover is blown. The cop will negotiate from the inside while the rest of the regular characters try to save the day from the outside.


I am a poor man's Ed Harris

This show is about people who stop terrorism. Homeland security. What are they doing making deposits? But why a bank? Why always a bank, but especially now? Why not the UN? Or a major trade tower?

Survivor was a CSI repeat tonight and I believe Friends was a repeat too. That means Sampling. Viewers check out what else is around. Why go out of your way to under whelm the audience?

THREAT MATRIX is supposed to be the big show that takes the left over people not watching Friends or Survivor and own a TV. With Hacky shit like bank Hostage situations, why would the 3 left over viewers even care. ABC was right when they burned off cheap shows like "Who's Line is it Anyway."

MY stock is falling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Update: You say you just saw a promo for the ill fated cop drama "10-8" where there's a hostage situation at a school. Well the difference is that it's not at a bank, it's at a school. The hostage thing might be contrived on its own, but chosing a bank, when people use ATMs, is crazy. It's like that movie "phone booth." On what planet do they have old style phone booths?

I think "10-8_ is a decent show and ABC should've left it on Sundays. They cut back the order for 22 to 15. Silly. They should market it to familes.

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