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5 reasons to get excited about 'Blindspot'

You’ve probably noticed that NBC’s Blindspot is everywhere. There are more preview clips out there than for most other new fall series. Jaimie Alexander’s body is plastered on buses all over. And Warner Bros. was so high on the pilot that they screened it twice at San Diego Comic-Con.

Both the network and the studio are pulling out the stops for this one, and with good reason: It has the potential to be a hit when it launches in September. If you haven’t been won over by the blitz, here are 5 more pitches for you to check out Blindspot.

1. It’s a Greg Berlanti show

Greg Berlanti is directly or indirectly responsible for seemingly half of television. This is the same producer behind The Flash, Arrow, the upcoming Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and some pretty underrated shows like Political Animals, Brothers & Sisters, and Eli Stone. Greg Berlanti doesn’t make bad shows; in fact, recently, he’s done nothing but make huge hits. The fact that his name is attached to Blindspot vouches for it being a quality show. More important, it’s not just a vanity title. Berlanti is a writer’s producer, the kind of guy who works with the creative team and who really invests in each of his projects. His presence is a huge plus for any series.

2. Jaimie Alexander

Every once in a while, actors come along who just seem like the only person who could play the role they’re in. That’s the case with Jaimie Alexander as Blindspot‘s Jane Doe. This is the best performance of Alexander’s career. She has a really hard job—portraying a woman with absolutely no memory of who she is or how she woke up in a body bag in Times Square—but from the first moment she’s on screen, you want to believe her. She really scores in showing the audience Jane’s vulnerability, her fears and insecurities about the most fundamental things that we take for granted. At the same time, when the script calls for her to get into the fray, she’s right there too. Check out this teaser:

3. Sullivan Stapleton

Everyone knows at least one actor who deserves a little bit more credit. On Blindspot, that actor would be Sullivan Stapleton, who stars as Kurt Weller, the FBI agent assigned to collaborate with Jane Doe. Stapleton has coolness credentials for miles, thanks to his four seasons as the co-lead on Cinemax’s Strike Back (which, amusingly, will still be airing when Blindspot premieres). But with his roles in projects like that, 300: Rise of an Empire, and Animal Kingdom, he gets more attention for being the tough guy than for everything else he brings to the table. Yes, he’s not someone you’d want to pick a fight with, but he’s also capable of playing moments that are very human or surprisingly moving. Even in the pilot, there are some great character scenes between Stapleton and Alexander.

4. Everyone really cares about it

TV fans know when shows are phoning it in. Conversely, it’s easy to tell when the creative team on a series is having just as much fun making it as we are watching it. Blindspot is one of those shows. I had the opportunity to sit down with creator-showrunner Martin Gero, Berlanti, and Alexander at Comic-Con, and I could have listened to them talk about the series for hours. They are all so enthusiastic about the series—not just in the sense that it’s a brand-new show, but that they’re interested in exploring its themes, developing its characters, and getting the audience to love the project as much as they do. When people love a show this much, it’s worth checking out just because you know they’re going to give you their best work.

5. Because it’s not going anywhere

The number-one complaint of TV viewers is not wanting to get invested in a show because they believe it’ll get canceled before its time. We’re pretty sure you don’t have to worry about that with Blindspot. In addition to its heavy barrage of promotion, and the fact that it has Berlanti’s name behind it, NBC has given the show its most plum spot on the fall schedule: Monday nights after The Voice. Both the network and the studio have shown that they are committed to the series, so audiences that tune in should feel comfortable that they’re going to get at least one full season of a great story. Hopefully, we’ll get a lot more than one.

Blindspot certainly doesn’t need any more push behind it, but this is one of those rare series that actually lives up to all the hype. It’s got a truly invested creative team behind it, and the network’s overwhelming support makes TV fans believe that we can get involved in its story without getting the rug yanked out from under us. NBC is looking for a big hit out of this show, and it’s going to get one.

Blindspot premieres Monday, September 21, at 10 p.m. on NBC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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