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The InBetween (NBC) pilot preview: In Between Naps

Written and executive produced by Moira Kirland (Medium, Dark Angel, Castle, Madam Secretary). Also produced by David Heyman (Fantastic Beats, Harry Potter, Gravity, Paddington) & Nancy Cotton (Young Americans, Complete Savages). Directed by Charlotte Sieling (The Killing, Bron, Borgen). For NBC, Universal Television, NBCUniversal International Studios  & Heyman Television. 61 pages. Third Network Draft. 12/21/2017.

Description: Cassie Gallagher, a mysterious young woman, reluctantly uses her gift of clairvoyance to help a veteran LAPD detective and a damaged ex-FBI outsider solve the most unnerving and challenging cases the city encounters. This eerie ability also opens the door for her to see and talk to the dead, who are seeking help for unresolved problems, whether she likes it or not…

With Harriet Dyer (Love Child, No Activity), Yusuf Gatewood (The Originals)…

 

You’ll like it if you already like: Medium, Ghost Whisperer, Unforgettable…

Likely timeslot: Dumping ground friday, midseason sunday…

 

I almost didn’t write this preview for two main reasons. First, nobody cares about this project. I’m wasting my time, you’re wasting yours by reading what I have to say about it (thanks anyway! Keep reading now you’re there!) and everybody involved in this, from NBC to the actors, are kinda wasting their time too. But at least they’re getting paid! Second, do I really have anything to say about it? I mean, the logline is quite telling. Also, it’s announced as a “clairvoyance crime drama”. Not sexy or promising. And sadly, there’s no hidden treasure between those lines. In Between Lives is a lazy project that looks exactly as it sounds: BO-RING. It will probably be watchable and NBC might feel like there’s an audience for it but nowadays, when you make a procedural, you need a hook. A hook that’s new. And if In Between lives has one -which is debatable- it is NOT new.

Heard of a show called Medium? Well, it’s more or less the same story, and the creator worked on it by the way. It’s impossible no to think of Ghost Whisperer also. And Unforgettable that we already all… have totally forgotten! But without Patricia Arquette, who was a huge draw and who improved the material by her talent and charisma. Or Jennifer Love Hewitt. Or Poppy Montgomery. Both are not incredible actresses frankly but people love them. And their names helped selling the shows overseas, where they thrived. I have no idea who this Harriet Dyer is -she’s australian and a newcomer- and she may be great, but it would need her to be greater than great to save the day. It’s not a heroine you want to spend time with. Not because she’s mean but because she’s bland and unfunny. Her official description is “a lovely young woman”. For sure, Cassie wouldn’t hurt a fly and she’s cute. But we definitely need more than this in 2018. The show is written by a woman and directed by a woman. You would think they’d offer us a character that’s different, multi-dimensional, but other than her “power”, she’s not. Yes, she’s haunted by hallucinations of vicious crimes, both past and present, and it makes her kinda dark. What else? I’m really sorry for you, girl. But I don’t think I care. Nor that I should.

The two cops from the LAPD that she “works” for have a cool dynamic. They’re buddies you know, though they don’t really know each other yet since it’s the first day of their partnership, but here again they have nothing special going for them. One has a secret : the woman he loves is in a coma. Well… The case of the week takes 90% of the script and it’s about the murder of a young woman that seems connected to another case from the 80s. It’s all about delving deeper into the psychology of the killer but it’s no MINDHUNTER. Truthfully, the investigation part is okay-ish, it doesn’t ask you to think, it gives you everything on a platter. And I’m sure you can enjoy it on a cold winter day, between two naps – if you get the chance not to fall asleep during the episode of course. It’s funny because I noticed that the characters are always having a cup of coffee in every scene. Starbucks is mentioned. Maybe it’s product placement or just an obsession from the writer, I don’t know. But I wanted a coffee badly in the end. So I guess it worked. And it’s quite clever when you think about it: you really need coffee to survive this if you’re not into procedural crime dramas. Maybe even if you are.

In Between Lives is yet another attempt from NBC to offer a procedural crime drama -with a supernatural twist- that could potentially work internationally and make money without costing too much. But with no original hook, no star, no ambition and no fun, it’s more of a snoozefest. They’d better bet on more original concepts that would at least make them look courageous and relevant. Making the same shows as in the 90s & 00s is not the solution.