After an entire summer of promo bombardments, NBC premieres "THE EVENT" this evening in a two-hour TV show special. All summer the question was asked, "What is THE EVENT?" The big question is "Will you have the patience to find out?"
Last week, Jason Ritter, son of the late John Ritter and one of the stars on THE EVENT, was a guest on both the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. From the interviews, I have a slightly better idea what to expect, but I'm still not any closer to finding out "What is THE EVENT?"
"THE EVENT" is a made for television show produced by the producer of "24". I've heard that if you liked "24" and "Lost", then you will probably love "THE EVENT". The show is a series of complicated plots and sub-plots that span a five year period. All of the episodes have been written and NBC has committed to the project for five years.
Everything is top secret regarding the story lines and especially what THE EVENT is. Jason Ritter said that they have filmed eight episodes and he still has no clue what THE EVENT is. Only a handful of key cast members know what THE EVENT is. Will the public have the patience to wait and find out the answer to "What is THE EVENT?"
So, 65 episodes are written and scheduled to unfold. That looks like 64 cliffhangers in the making, if my math is correct. (Five seasons, times 13 episodes, should equal 65.)
Quite frankly, I never saw "24" and only sat befuddled through two episodes of "Lost". Yes, I was "lost" the entire time. What the hell was that? Giving me more of the same didn't sound too appealing. I have plenty of mysteries in my real life that I am earnestly trying to solve without adding a made for TV show conundrum that will perplex me for five years. I have no plans to watch "THE EVENT", since I've already been told there won't be any resolution at the end of the two-hour premiere.
The most I can take of cliff hangers are 13-week seasons of shows like "The Apprentice", "The Bachelorette", or "America's Got Talent". Don't make me watch it for five years to find out what it was all about!
For those of you that like mystery, intrigue and being confused for long periods of time, at 8 PM on NBC you can tune in for the premiere and begin asking yourself, "What is THE EVENT?"