Friday nights transcends the norm

Friday, March 12, 2004

Three shows premiere tonight, each based on ideas we've seen before. But they're not all dismal. In fact, to quote the poet Meatloaf, "two out of three ain't bad."

Some years back, Creegan took a bullet to the head, was technically "dead" for 10 minutes and lost a serious chunk of gray matter. After years of rehab, including a stint in a mental institution, he's back on the force, gifted with great empathy and intuition.

Friday nights have suddenly taken on a very otherworldly flavor. Viewers can now move from "Joan," about a girl who talks to God, to "Wonderfalls," about a girl surrounded by wise-cracking knick-knacks, to "Evil," concerning a cop who returned from the dead to set things straight. Spending three hours like this every Friday could drive you to a pew, or into analysis, but you can't say it's not challenging television.

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