Saturday, July 6, 2013

Graceland Breaks From the USA Network Script

USA Network 
Thursday Nights 10 PM 
Created by Jeff Eastin 
With Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit, 
Brandon Jay McLaren, Vanessa Ferlito
Four Scoops of Bosco

Reviewed by Allen Bacon, The Daily Bosco

Given the fact that the USA Network over the years has been the Network for the Original Light Crime Dramedies like Psych, Monk, and White Collar, one  could assume that their latest Summer offering, Graceland created by Jeff Eastin (White Collar) would be cut from the same cloth.

Don't get me wrong, I like Psych and Monk and actually wouldn't mind another show like those two, but I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I tuned into Graceland for the first time.  Maybe Hawaii Five-O or CSI Miami set on the beaches of Southern California?

The first few minutes of the first episode told me I wasn't in Santa Barbara (hometown of Psych) anymore.
In those first few minutes a Drug Bust goes terribly wrong when the Undercover agent is discovered by the Dealers and is brutally shot up and left for dead.

From that moment on the show is like a roller coaster ride with more twists and turns and loops than a ride at Magic Mountain or more than you will see on Episodic Television this summer.

The Premise of Graceland, based on a true story, is that a group of young 30-something undercover agents from various United States law enforcement agencies, including the DEA, the FBI, and the ICE, live together in a confiscated Southern California beach house known as "Graceland".

Rookie FBI agent Mike Warren, played convincingly by Aaron Tveit (Gossip Girl), is assigned to the house fresh out of Quantico training and is nearly killed, learns to surf and is involved in a jaw-dropping ending of the first episode.

And that was on his first day of the job.

Aside from the fact that it is crime drama at it's best and moves at a quick pace, the show is filmed beautifully utilizing it's Southern California backdrop to full effect including some of the best surfing footage seen on television since John From Cincinnati

Not too long ago, the summer television landscape was full of reruns and Variety Shows.  This was based on the fact that it was believed that most people were enjoying life outdoors and taking Vacations.  Not anymore.  Summer has it's own season now with a bunch of good shows to look forward to from different genres.

This summer there are a lot of interesting new shows debuting and Graceland is one of those shows.

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