In a move that rarely happens in broadcast television, the CBS show ‘Unforgettable’ was canceled after the 2011-2012 season then it was uncanceled, rebooted, and premiered this past Sunday night for a summer run. Several members of the cast from season one returns, but the producers took the opportunity to reboot the series and model it on the old Law & Order: Criminal Intent show. I see some promise in the reboot and I’m extremely glad Poppy Montgomery is back on my TV.
“[Currently] the biggest factor is that, with so much competition and so much fragmentation, it’s difficult to establish a new program,” says Katz Media Group analyst Bill Carroll. “If you have an existing show that you realize could still have potential, you’ll go with it because it’s established with the audience.”
That explains what happened with Unforgettable, which CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler essentially said was canceled in May 2012 (despite pulling in an average of 11.3 million viewers) to make room for the new shows of the 2012-13 season. Less than two months later, Season 2 was a go. The police procedural, starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh, will have a new location — Manhattan’s major crimes division — and supporting cast, including The Walking Dead’s Dallas Roberts, when it returns July 28.
“Unforgettable” nuked most of the 1st season supporting cast and moved the show to Manhattan to a unit called “Major Crimes” which reminds me of the old Law & Order: Criminal Intent show that I still watch in reruns today. It looks like Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery) and Al Burns (Dylan Walsh) will be solving cases all over the tri-state area so there will be more story opportunities.
The big story arc the 1st season was Carrie looking for the killer of her sister. They did mention it in the premiere but didn’t focus on that story. The banter between Carrie and Al still exists which is a good thing.
The other thing missing from the reboot which I hope will continue was Carrie going off on her own to catch that week’s bad guy and Al having to rescue her. It got a bit stale last season so I hope that formula stays gone this season.
The only other veteran brought back for season 2 was acerbic medical examiner Joanne Webster, played by Jane Curtin.
I did like the supporting players in season one but the new people Tawny Cypress and James Hiroyuki Liao have potential. It will be interesting to see if the show takes time out to visit the other character’s lives outside the office like the show did in season 1.
I like what I’ve seen so far and hope the quality of writing keeps up with the premiere. I want Poppy Montgomery to remain in my TV.
Looks like the viewers also liked the reboot.