Executive produced by Darren Star, Runaway is the story of a high-powered attorney, played by Donnie Wahlberg (NKOTB, Band of Brothers), and his family who are on the run because he is being framed in the brutal murder of his mistress. The family moves to a small town in Iowa and claim to be victims of Hurricane Katrina, forced to rebuild their lives. Paul Rader (Wahlberg) promises his wife (played by Leslie Hope, "24") and three children (ages 8, 15 and 17) that the situation is temporary and that he just needs time to prove his innocence.
Although I was thoroughly entertained by the pilot, and especially sympathized with the teenage kids, I must say you really need to suspend your disbelief on this show. Why would Paul's wife agree to leave her wonderful life in the posh suburb of Potomac, Maryland to live a life constantly on the run, at standards well below what she had been accustomed to when she just found out her husband was a cheating scumbag? The show tries to solve this question by making it so the people that are framing her husband for murder are threatening to kill his family, but this plot twist seems to have developed out of convenience. Bottom line, I was entertained by the first episode and I am curious about when happens to the family this season, so I am happy to just accept the parts that are somewhat unbelievable and allow myself to be entertained especially since the dialogue among the kids is great. Runaway premieres tonight at 9/8c on The CW.