Magazine article Variety

ABC's Mystery Date

Magazine article Variety

ABC's Mystery Date

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ABC's mystery date

TELEVISION: ZERO HOUR (ABC)

Director: Pierre Morel; Cast Anthony Edwards, Carmen Ejogo, Scott Michael Foster

(Series; Thurs. Feb. 14, 8 p.m.)

Focusing on an elaborate, ancient conspiracy with apocalyptic implications, a kidnapped innocent, a dozen ornate clocks and mythology to burn, "Zero Hour" needs no notes about "raising the stakes" from anybody at the network. The pilot is admirably cinematic, occupying a space somewhere between "National Treasure" and "The Da Vinci Code." Ultimately, though, it's difficult to become too bullish about the program's prospects, given the number of promising dramas ABC has paraded through the 8 p.m. Thursday timeslot only to watch the sands run out of the hourglass time and again.

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