Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Pretender' to Lead off Nbc's Lineup

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Pretender' to Lead off Nbc's Lineup

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New phenomena series will be sandwiched between "The Pretender" and "Profiler"

HOLLYWOOD may be make-believe, but "The Pretender" apparently is for real.

Already favored with the cachet of a two-hour season finale at 8 tonight on Channel 5, the series got another fillip Monday when NBC announced a fall prime-time schedule that moves "The Pretender" into the leadoff position of its Saturday night package. "The Pretender" and "Profiler," both projects of NBC Studios, are the survivors of last fall's Saturday night "Thrillogy" gambit. Next season, they will bookend another mysterious-phenomena series, "Sleepwalkers," which replaces the failed "Dark Skies" in the trio. In TV, as in baseball, two-out-of-three is a pennant-winning pace. Michael T. Weiss is just happy that "The Pretender" is one of the two that are setting that pace. Weiss describes the finale as a bit of a cliffhanger in which Jarod Russell, the brainiac character he plays, gets close to finding his parents, from whom he was taken as a child. He also gets close to another "pretender" who, unlike Jarod, has used his unusual gift for evil. Pretenders are people whose intelligence is so exceptional that they can master virtually any profession, any skill. As a child, Jarod was abducted and held captive at a sinister think tank called the Centre, which tapped his considerable intellect to further the aims of evildoers. …

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