By Storm Kelley –
Graphic violence, over-the-top comedy, singers in a game show – a recipe for TV success – for some.
Three new shows premiering this spring will delight students at Penn Manor who enjoy either action, quirky comedy or undiscovered talent.
Breakout Kings, a drama on A&E, follows two U.S. Marshals tired of outdated techniques to catch escaped fugitives. They form a special task force of three convicts-an ex-gangbanger, with no respect for law enforcement, a behaviorist/psychiatric expert who excels in psychoanalysis, whose every thought is vocalized and a sexy, yet disgruntled expert tracker who learned her trade from her bounty hunter father.
Breakout Kings is a “provocative, useful show for future criminals,” said Eric Byers, a senior at Penn Manor High school who watches the show.
Fox brings Christian Slater back in an over-the-top comedy called “Breaking In.”
This series centers on a security business that specializes in giving clients security by taking away their….well, security. Christian Slater plays a manipulative and mysterious head honcho of contra-security.
A firm full of odd-ball, genius hackers, the high-tech security firm takes extreme – and often questionable – measures to sell their protection services.
Mike Hale from the New York Times review calls it “eccentric” …(it) “isn’t memorable in any way, but it’s fast-paced and easy to watch, with some amusing secondary characters.”
A blind folded-American Idol? Host Carson Daily and a concoction of big time vocalists -Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton put contestants through three phases of competition. “The Voice” is a singer-in-a-game show hour where judges determine vocalists according to voice not appearance.
Fox’s remake of Holland’s “voice of Holland” lets the judges hear the contestants perform, but they don’t get to see them – thanks to rotating chairs and a red button.
“I like the voice better than American Idol,” says Morgan Chenault. The four celebrity judges do a great job of “not going off someone’s looks but by their voice.”