November 28, 2005

TV News: Threshold Canceled

The cancellations just keep coming! This one has me upset, as I think that it was the best of the three new alien shows this season, the other two being Invasion and Surface. So far 9 episodes have aired and there is no word yet as to how many were produced or how many more will air.

The show had a great cast featuring Carla Gugino (who was also in the short shifted Karen Sisco), Charles S. Dutton, Brent Spiner (Star Trek: TNG), Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent, Elf), and Brian Van Holt. Plus, they had just signed Jag's Catherine Bell for a recurring role. The writing was very good, very X-Files-like without being a rip off of that series.

Threshold deals with an alien signal which was received by a freight ship in the Pacific. The signal's purpose was to change the genetic structure of the Earth, first affecting people. Those infected by the signal are then driven to continue spreading the signal, changing more and more people along the way. A group of scientists, headed by Gugino's Molly Caffrey. Some of this group have also had a slight dose of the signal, but have not showed any effects, other than having dreams of a glass forest. The team is working towards stopping the spread, first by tracking down all of the crew members from that initial infection.

This series had a lot going for it, in my opinion. The plotting is very good, it is intricate and holds together, it does a good job of keeping you guessing as to what is going to happen next. On top of that, the characters were being well developed. They have great interaction with each other which not only moves the plot forward, but also helps to form who these characters are. The series has a sense of fun, but it is also full of suspense and intrigue.

The show aired on Friday nights between Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs. In that slot it pulled in mediocre ratings, showing itself to be the weakest of the line up. This past week it was moved to Tuesdays at 10pm. Apparently, the move resulted in even fewer viewers, which I think is due, at least in part, to the move being poorly advertised.

This announcement came hot in the heels of Alias' cancellation. Two shows for which I always made sure to tune in. At least with the former we got a 5 seasons, it does not appear that Threshold will even have one. Perhaps we will get a DVD release as a consolation prize?


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