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FOX Hosts a Troubling 'Reunion'

(Posted September 5, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( - What's a murder between friends?

Some possible answers play out in "Reunion," an intriguing Fox drama marking one of the new television season's earliest series debuts when it follows the season premiere of "The O.C." Thursday, Sept. 8. (The pilot episode will have an encore the following night.)

An attractive cast of young actors charts the highs and lows of a tight-knit group from 1986 to the present ... but one initially unidentified character won't make it all the way through. The resulting funeral sparks the premiere, which was directed by feature-film veteran Jon Amiel ("Entrapment," "Copycat").

Played by Sean Faris ("Life as We Know It") and Will Estes ("American Dreams"), pals Craig and Will have a car accident that sets off many of the events, but privileged Craig's girlfriend, Samantha (Alexa Davalos, "The Chronicles of Riddick"), has a secret known only by friend-to-all Carla (Chyler Leigh, "The Practice"). Also in the gang is Aaron (Dave Annable, "Little Black Book"), who's anxious to become more than friends with aspiring actress Jenna (Amanda Righetti, "North Shore").

Extended flashbacks are standard in "Reunion," which covers a different year each week; 1987 is the backdrop of the second episode, 1988 the third, etc. Often, those segments are cued by questions from Detective Marjorino (Mathew St. Patrick, "Six Feet Under"), the policeman probing the murder. Those he interrogates have to look as much as 19 years older than they do in the sequences set earlier, necessitating careful casting by executive producer Jon Harmon Feldman ("Tru Calling," "Dawson's Creek").

Some critics already have voiced doubts about "Reunion's" longevity, since the one-year-per-week premise might seem to exhaust the storytelling possibilities in just one season. Feldman disputes that, maintaining he would still have plenty to explore about the characters for a second season ... and possibly beyond.

Source: Zap2it

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