Adapting a classic film into a television series is a great idea from a marketing perspective (it's a pre-sold franchise with name recognition) and a boldly terrible idea from an artistic one. "M*A*S*H"
admittedly worked out pretty well, and I still ride for "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,"
but for the most part it's a bleak subgenre
could go either way: the cast is promising, and with shows like "Louie," "Justified," "Archer"
and "The Americans,"
FX has established itself as a safe home for good and serious TV, but it's tough to be optimistic. Now you can watch the first seven minutes of the first episode and see for yourself.