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Kelli Giddish Finds Life After 'Past Life' With 'Chase'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 24th 2010 5:19PM
Kelli GiddishIt looks like it might be easier for Kelli Giddish to put her 'Past Life' behind her than it was for those of us unfortunate enough to have seen the show. Giddish played Dr. Kate McGinn, who used people's past lives to solve modern crimes. The show was even worse than it sounds dropping from 9 million viewers to 3.5 million in only three episodes.

But Giddish has bounced back, with The Hollywood Reporter indicating she's been cast as the lead in the Jerry Bruckheimer NBC pilot 'Chase.' The series would follow a U.S. Marshall in Texas who's team is tasked with tracking down and bringing in America's most dangerous fugitives. While it hasn't been stated, it's probably safe to assume there will be no past life regressions to deal with; just current life transgressions.

'Chase' definitely sounds a lot more action-oriented than most of the crime shows we've seen on television the past ten years or so, including Giddish's own 'Past Life,' which is a good shift. With 'Human Target' performing respectably at FOX, and '24' continuing to bring in viewers, there's enough proof that American audiences still appreciate a good action drama.

Somehow we got sucked into this world of investigations and talking heads with the 'CSI' and 'Law & Order' franchises spinning out into dozens of procedurals, that we forgot how much fun it is to just blow stuff up and shoot at people. Maybe it took 'Saturday Night Live' and MacGruber to remind us that sometimes things getting dangerous is great and its okay to get that adrenaline flowing.

As with all pilot news, this doesn't necessarily mean the project will ever see the light of a television screen, but it's still encouraging to see action projects at least making it this deep into the development process. And Giddish is probably thrilled to see that 'Past Life' hasn't destroyed her marketability completely.

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Thank heavens,we can look forward to another police show! They're soooo rare on TV these days.

February 25 2010 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zachary Pruckowski

The Fox approach seems to be "see what sticks". It makes sense from their PoV: many of their hits like House or 24 are shows that really could have gone either way[1]. Heck, back in the day, who could have predicted Idol would take off like it did? So they'll pick up stuff like Dollhouse or Human Target or Glee or Past Life, and see how it goes.

They're also in a weird position among the networks. They have less primetime, and because of things like Idol and primetime sports (like the World Series). As a result, their ratings distribution among their shows is really screwed up, with even their strong shows "underperforming" the network average[2]. As a result, they can afford to give shots to shows that other networks wouldn't, and can give time to shows that other networks would cancel.

I mean, "Past Lives" is still a Wall Banger, but when you think about it, we've got detective shows with pretty much every other twist premise out there. If any network was gonna air it, it'd be Fox on a whim, or NBC because they're desperate.

[1] - cranky asshole as your lead? Piles and piles of medical jargon (way more than other medical shows)? Completely serial series? A show about terrorists airing right after 9/11?
[2] - tvbythenumbers.com

February 25 2010 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watched the first episode of Pat Life and found the entire premise of the show amazingly stupid. I did like the cast, but the very ridiculousness of the set up and subsequent story turned me off from the show from the get go. Whatever network executive approved something so dumb needs to find a new gig in retail.

February 24 2010 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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