05 October 2006

A Call to Arms, if only I had the energy

As if today weren't depressing enough.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Production on NBC's low-rated newcomer "Kidnapped" is set to shut down in a few weeks after the serial thriller completes its 13th episode, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The trade publication quoted sources as saying that NBC and producer Sony Pictures TV have agreed to wrap up the story line about a wealthy family, headed by Timothy Hutton and Dana Delany, whose teenage son is abducted.

The show remains in the Wednesday 10 p.m. slot, and the network has committed to airing all 13 episodes. Last week, it ranked No. 67 in viewership, drawing just 6.3 million people, according to Nielsen Media Research. The premiere episode pulled in 7.6 million the week before.

And just when I was starting to get into it. Yes, I started watching for the James Urbaniak evil cameos that were promised to develop into evil recurring spots. And yes, I admit, this isn't one of those How in God's name will they end it in 13 episodes?!? things - you just need someone to find the kid and you're set. And yes, the shows backing up the DVR were starting to get ridiculous. But here we are, three episodes in, and I'm finding myself kind of attached. It's no small help that joining Urbaniak in creepy-cameo duties is consummate creepy weirdo Anthony Rapp. I saw him play a fantastic lovable creepy weirdo in a reading last year, and though he's not quite as huggable on this show, he's great. Okay, yes, sometimes I laugh at the show, but it's getting good! The boy and his captor are making friends! The FBI newbie's gonna fall for the rich folks' daughter! And in the Best Scenes-From-Next-Week's-Episode Clip Ever, James Urbaniak's performing evil surgery. He's The Accountant. He liquidates assets. And that means kills people. And he does it all with these very evil black leather gloves, and... yeah. I'm gonna miss that coming into my living room every week.

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