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By Christian
March 5, 2002 - 4:00 AM

Hello World!

Now that the Dutch TV market has become a lot more competitive, it is almost beginning to look as if March is the real start of the new season. While a few years ago stations would just wait until September to start airing new American shows, a year after their Stateside premiere, these days a lot of foreign series are launching in Spring, once there are enough episodes to allow the stations to show the first season all in one go.

So far, I've already seen the pilots of Smallville and 24 (though that last one was on the BBS) and the new seasons of Third Watch and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Later this week, Alias is starting, and then next weekend we'll have the return of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed and Angel.

Smallville was a bit disappointing. After reading about the high ratings and good reviews, I was expecting quite a lot from it, but nothing much seemed to be happening in the pilot. I suppose if I was a big Superman fan it would have been nice to see all the introductions of well-known characters, but I'm not, and so I didn't really care for what I suppose are all cute references to Superman lore. Hopefully this will improve in later episodes - otherwise it's going to lose me pretty quickly, particulary because it airs in the same timeslot as Third Watch.

24, on the other hand, was everything I was hoping it would be. I'm a big fan of La Femme Nikita, and you could definitely see from the 24 visuals it was by the same makers. It was nice also to see Penny Johnson (DS9's Kassidy Yates) appear in the series, though she's now apparently called Penny Johnson Jerald. I do wonder how many of the series regulars we'll be able to see in each of the 24 episodes - while I understand that the secret service members will have to remain awake all day, how about Jack Bauer's wife and daughter?

This Thursday Alias is starting. As this is described as a cross between Nikita and Felicity, one of my other favourite shows, I'm looking forward to that a lot, too. Maybe I'll now even be able to forget the recent cancellation of The West Wing.

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