TIMESLOTMondays @ 10pm on NBC.
SYNOPSIS"Chase" is a fast-paced drama from Emmy Award-winning executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer ("CSI" franchise, "The Amazing Race," "Pirates of the Caribbean" films) and executive producer Jennifer Johnson ("Cold Case") that drops viewers smack into the middle of a game of cat-and-mouse as a team of U.S. marshals hunts down America's most dangerous fugitives. Kelli Giddish ("Past Life") stars as U.S. Marshal Annie Frost, a cowboy boot-wearing deputy whose sharp mind and unique Texas upbringing help her track down the violent criminals on the run. Cole Hauser ("K-Ville"), Amaury Nolasco ("Prison Break"), Rose Rollins ("The L Word") and Jesse Metcalfe ("Desperate Housewives") also star as members of Frost's elite team. "Chase" is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc., in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. Television. Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman ("CSI" franchise, "The Amazing Race," "Cold Case") and Johnson serve as executive producers, while KristieAnne Reed is co-executive producer. David Nutter ("The Mentalist," "Without a Trace" "The X-Files") directed and is executive producer of the pilot that was written by Johnson.
REVIEWSPlease note that these reviews may contain spoilers.
|Gordon McDougall's Take|
|Kelli Giddish deserves a hit, and Chase could be it (if it can get past its unforgiving timeslot). Last year, she was in the Fox series, Past Life, which was trapped inside an unworkable concept (solving mysteries by delving into peopleís past lives). Chase is much more straight-forward. Giddish is a U.S. Marshall tracking down the countryís top fugitives.
In the opening scene of the pilot, Giddishís Annie Frost is chasing down one of those fugitives on foot, and when she catches him, he doesnít go down without a fight. I watched this scene a couple of times to try to see whether she used a stunt-double for some of the more aggressive moments of the fight. I donít think she did. She looks like someone who could believably and convincingly hold her own in hand-to-hand combat with a violent man. She sure did it in this scene!
Frost heads an elite team of fugitive hunters, including her main partner, Jimmy (Cole Hauser), who is pretty much a non-entity so far. One familiar face on the team is Jesse Metcalfe as Luke. He was the teenage boy who had an affair with Eva Longoriaís character on the first season of Desperate Housewives. In Chase, heís a newbie on the team, and itís impressive that he can pass as a naÔve neophyte after making an indelible mark as the horny gardener on DH. It took a while for me to even place where I had seen him before.
One thing I really like about Chase (based on the pilot) is that we get to know the fugitive a little bit. Itís an effective choice, to make the target of Frostís team a little more than two-dimensional. That could be the thing that separates Chase from run-of-the-mill crime dramas.
The best thing about Chase is Giddish. Sheís sexy as hell, sheís good at playing a take-charge team leader and, as I have already pointed out, she can fight! The weakest thing about Chase is its timeslot. Mondays at 10pm puts it squarely against this seasonís hottest new show, CBSí Hawaii Five-0, and ABCís sleeper hit, Castle. Chase is going to have to prove itself right out of the gate against that kind of competition, and I donít think it has enough going for it to lure diehard Castle fans away, nor to attract new viewers away from the curiosity factor Five-0 has going for it.
I hate to say it--It doesnít deserve itóbut I have to rate Chase as:
|Rating: Watch it while you can! (Canceled early on)|
|About Gordon McDougall|
TVGord is a radio host at 580 CFRA in Ottawa. He does a weekly segment about TV every friday which you can hear in MP3 in the '580 CFRA Interviews' section of their website, www.cfra.com