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First Look: Amber Tamblyn, Adam Goldberg in The Unusuals

ABC's The Unusuals wants to be a different kind of police drama. The show, which will premiere April 8 at 10 p.m., centers around a ragtag bunch of NYPD detectives, each of whom is, well, a little bizarre.

Like how? Well, Adam Goldberg's character, Eric Delahoy, is trying to get himself killed on the job. His partner, Leo Banks (Harold Perrineau), is insanely cautious and won't even take off his bulletproof vest. As for Casey Shraeger (Amber Tamblyn), well, her secrets weren't revealed in the 20 minutes of the show I got to see at TCA, but she does have trouble getting taken seriously when she starts working homicide cases after a couple of years posing as a prostitute in the vice unit.

When I first heard about the concept for the show, I figured the characters would be really unusual — like, say, Law and Order meets Heroes. Instead, they're just regular folks with quirky personalities and odd pasts. I'm hoping the show has a dark humor about it; among other things, that would give Tamblyn a chance to show off that great comic timing I liked so much in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants sequel.

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Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 8 years
I don't have a good feeling about this show in all honestly.
emalove emalove 8 years
I like Amber Tamblyn too...I would also enjoy watching Harold Perrineau. I'll give it a shot.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
see i love amber ever since she was on General Hospital so i've kind of always rooted for her to do well on another show. hopefully it will do ok, but i guess we'll just have to wait and see. sometimes you just need a new take on a show although i don't know if the whole police angle is fresh seeing as how Dexter has already put an 'odd' spin on things.
Soapboxer Soapboxer 8 years
Wow, long winded much?
verily verily 8 years
I'll probably tune in just to see Adam Goldberg and Harold Perrineau.
Phil Phil 8 years
I've been curious about this since Adam Goldberg and Harold Perrineau were attached! Unfortunately, it's going to fold, like all other shows, in the 10-11 time slot, but while it lasts, I think it could be another gem that not enough people watch. Adam Goldberg is enough to make this appointment viewing for at least a few episodes, and the character seems perfect for Harold Perrineau The description of Amber Tamblyn's character sounds disappointingly one-dimensional, but, given her talent, the fact that she took the role suggests that there's far more in store for her character than has so far been revealed. Definitely a show to watch if only for the few episodes that it's on the air--so it is with watching any new show. It's sad how overprotective many people are these days about becoming attached to a new television show. So many times I've heard people talk of how they won't even give a new show a chance for certainty that it will be canceled, ripped from their lives, leaving a festering scar of disappointment. But the only way to ensure that a great show fails is to treat it with such cautionary indifference. If everyone acted like that, Sports Night would not have made it to its second season, Arrested Development would never have made it to its third season, effulgent shows like Firefly and Wonderfalls and Cupid would have all been broadcast to dead air, never exposing a soul to some of the most brilliant writings from Joss Whedon, Brian Fuller, Rob Thomas, Tim Minear and so many other talented screenwriters. But those bold enough to take the chance with a new show, though, yes, in the short run have been disappointed, are all the richer for having seen the wonders of shows like Pushing Daisies, and of Ed, and Love Monkey, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and so many others.
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