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New show debuting on WGN. 

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Almost Paradise’s Dean Devlin Goes Back To His Roots With First-Ever American TV Series Shot In The Philippines

... The series stars Christian Kane — who Devlin previously worked with on The Librarians — as Alex Walker, a former DEA agent forced into early retirement. After going through obstacles including betrayal and health problems, he decides to uproot to Cebu in the Philippines. But it isn’t long before he is pulled into the dangerous world of the Asian archipelago’s criminal elite. ...

https://deadline.com/2020/03/almost-paradise-dean-delvin-wgn-filipino-asian-american-samantha-richelle-christian-kane-1202893619/ 

 

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I did. I had mixed feelings. Love CK but he is so much better in supporting roles, imo. I'm used to enjoying his reactions and how he plays off others. As the lead he seems weaker. And I didn't care about his brokenness and betrayal. Yawn. (Though the hypertension plotline was kinda funny in spots.)

But the scenery was amazing and the 2 local detectives were really good. I'll give it a few more episodes.

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I'm hoping there's more of a teamwork development with him and the local cops that will strengthen the show. He clearly wanted to help them out. 

It was very actiony for a first episode without a huge amount of info dumps. 

It kind of reminded me of Five-0 with the exotic location (minus the whinging). 

I liked the whole dingy gift shop angle. 

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6 hours ago, DoctorAtomic said:

I liked the whole dingy gift shop angle. 

Yes, so did I. It has potential. 

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For some reason Amazon Prime had the SD version available for free today. I don't know how long that will last, but just putting it out there for those who don't get WGN.  (WGN America is on only one of the cable systems in my area and I know other shows that didn't get much of an audience because of that.) 

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It was ok for a pilot. I like CK and the rest of the cast isn't annoying. Kane and Devlin also worked together on Leverage. 

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I'm enjoying it because its something different than all of the big city cop shows.  I've pretty much enjoyed Kane in almost everything I've seen him in, especially Leverag and Librarians.  I think once they iron out the all the new show quibbles it will be a fun show.

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I liked the second episode better then the pilot. The cast seemed to work better together. I liked the dingy gift shop. I liked the characters better especially his landlord. I admit I'm completely bias when it comes to Christian Kane. I've loved him in Leverage, Librarians, King and Maxwell, Secondhand Lions, and Close to Home. Hell, I even loved him in Taxi. I'm happy to have him back on my TV in a new show.

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On 4/8/2020 at 1:11 AM, andromeda331 said:

I'm completely bias when it comes to Christian Kane.

He's a good actor and seems and a likeable persion. Is that really biased? He did a great job with the little girl in their scenes. 

Did they say he had a daughter in the 1st episode? I guess a lot of time passed between episode 1 and 2. 

I did laugh when he faceplanted the kid with the shaving cream. 

It's a good choice to have the case be personal for one of the leads. They did a good job on worldbuilding in the first episode, so jumping right into the character development seems the right call. 

I like the back and forth with Walker and Kai. I loved the cop beating the shit out of the gang and not have Walker be the big hero all the time. I like shows where the characters are good at their jobs. 

Holy shit I didn't think they would do a plot on trafficking. Kane had a stellar reaction shot of being horrified and holding his shit together. 

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2 hours ago, DoctorAtomic said:

He's a good actor and seems and a likeable persion. Is that really biased? He did a great job with the little girl in their scenes. 

Did they say he had a daughter in the 1st episode? I guess a lot of time passed between episode 1 and 2. 

I did laugh when he faceplanted the kid with the shaving cream. 

It's a good choice to have the case be personal for one of the leads. They did a good job on worldbuilding in the first episode, so jumping right into the character development seems the right call. 

I like the back and forth with Walker and Kai. I loved the cop beating the shit out of the gang and not have Walker be the big hero all the time. I like shows where the characters are good at their jobs. 

Holy shit I didn't think they would do a plot on trafficking. Kane had a stellar reaction shot of being horrified and holding his shit together. 

I don't know. I've loved everything Christian Kane has ever done that I've seen. I don't know if that's bias or he's just a really good actor I've loved every show he's been in.  Either way I love him.

I love the show. Its been really fun and funny. Serious too at times. He had a perfect reaction when he saw what they were smuggling wasn't drugs but girls. He's good at going with the flow like when they tried to convince the guy Kai was the boss but when that didn't work out he knocked him out and pretend to be him.

I don't remember him mentioning he had a daughter in the pilot at all. 

I do like that we get to see Kai and the other detective Almares doing their job and being really good at it too. It always bugs me too when the star of the show is doing all of the work while everyone else just sits around.

I love his landlady.

 

 

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I liked when Kai came into to check on him in the club and the trafficker found him so she starting stroking his cheek and his reaction was to stave off being horrified to play the role. 

I like the Devlin model of tv shows anyway, going hack to Stargate - it's team oriented, everyone contributes. There's always a big plan. Even with the military, O'Neill relied on Daniel Jackson to make communications. 

It may be that Kane is the type of actor that excels in a more team based cast too. 

Ugh. I lived in Japan. I just can't with eel. 

You're gonna feel strong.
I feel betrayed. 
White people!

I died at the 'Diego' character. 

I do like the plots so far. This was about government contracts and a landfill. I liked how it was tied to the local businesses. 

These episodes were solid. 

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It's a bit of a drop off on this recent one just for the washed up tv actor defusing a nuclear bomb, though the plot was original and interesting to that point. I get that Walker wouldn't always be on police cases, and the landlord 'hiring' him was funny. 

As hot as Kai is, I liked they put her in appropriate swimwear for the dive. 

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Yeah but I did like how much of a fan Alex was of him. Still love the landlady. I liked Kai too deciding to look into the missing person case that her boss thought was no big deal.

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Just the defusing the bomb part strained. If they were just trying to recover the plutonium to sell on the black market or something it would have been fine. I bought their fight with the old timer pistol whipping the guy and being shocked and pleased that 'it actually worked!'

And not every episode needs to deal with Alex's watch. I thought it was a good narrative direction to take early on in the show. 

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The most recent episode was kind of Die Hard for a little while there. I did like how the young Asian women was all kind of mousey and then totally stepped up when Ernesto got shot. 

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I liked the last one because we got some Kai backstory. I applaud the show for *not* having Walker dash in to 'save her' and she got the drop on her mentor *twice*. I get he'd be there at the end, and I didn't think she'd shoot the guy, but the actor did a good job with her disappointment and anger about the whole situation, and I get that Walker would be able to talk to her from a place of experience. 

 

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On 5/10/2020 at 11:38 AM, DoctorAtomic said:

I liked the last one because we got some Kai backstory. I applaud the show for *not* having Walker dash in to 'save her' and she got the drop on her mentor *twice*. I get he'd be there at the end, and I didn't think she'd shoot the guy, but the actor did a good job with her disappointment and anger about the whole situation, and I get that Walker would be able to talk to her from a place of experience. 

 

I liked that too. It was a good day. And Kai got to save herself.

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It's shaping up to be a good spring/summer show. I like the cast being multicultural. 

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39 minutes ago, DoctorAtomic said:

It's shaping up to be a good spring/summer show. I like the cast being multicultural. 

So do I. Its a fun show. I like all the main characters.

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Last week we learned a bit about Kai's background and this week its Alex's turn. I'm curious about how he ended up with Uncle Danny. Danny said his parents' were no longer able to care for him. What a fun, funny and terrible uncle. 

I did laugh when I saw who Uncle Danny was since the actor showed up on Leverage as a corrupt mayor and the Librarians as Bennie the casino owner who was work with the Roman Goddess Fortuna to steal people good luck although he turned on her halfway through.

Still love his landlady.

 

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On 4/19/2020 at 3:13 PM, andromeda331 said:

I don't remember him mentioning he had a daughter in the pilot at all. 

I've kind of binge watched but you only hear he has a daughter and it is clear their relationship isn't good but nothing's been explained.  Just given tidbits through the shows.

21 hours ago, andromeda331 said:

I did laugh when I saw who Uncle Danny was since the actor showed up on Leverage as a corrupt mayor and the Librarians as Bennie the casino owner who was work with the Roman Goddess Fortuna to steal people good luck although he turned on her halfway through.

 

12 hours ago, DoctorAtomic said:

Richard Kind shows up in nearly every TV show.

Richard Kind is good friends with several in the show and he evidentially golfs with some of them.  Just like the Librarians, the show has gotten stronger as it has gone on so hopefully it will get a second season.

The interview explains some things so if you have seen the show with Alex's Uncle it does have some spoilers.

https://precincttv.com/2020/05/13/almost-paradise-christian-kane-episode-7-interview/?fbclid=IwAR21neSqIVU_R7JHUP7b5P6YmS-AVF6qp2ZJmcajNzpEgiHu-OLrcCNVKuU

It's a kind of a fun read.  I didn't realize all the connections Richard Kind had.

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12 hours ago, DoctorAtomic said:

Richard Kind must golf with everyone. 

Including rich tourists in the Philippines.  I love Richard Kind.

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I think Walker actually mentioned the daughter in the second episode. It was when he ran out of water, and he went undercover as the cowboy. 

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On 5/12/2020 at 11:51 PM, andromeda331 said:

Still love his landlady.

'They way crazier and way richer.'

One of the thing I liked about Leverage was that they were ripping off rich, greedy people. I don't know if any of you all watched Hustle, but it was the same premise. A little larger scale, but both show employed the same cons. Anyway, I don't really care that much that Uncle Danny wanted to rip off rich people.

I did have a good laugh at the welching joke. 

And, again, great job to have Kai put her foot down to Walker. The show is doing well with the dynamic between the three. 

Whoa I actually thought they killed him until they returned from the break because Walker would have taken a swing at Ernesto. Nice that it was a con in the end. 

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3 hours ago, DoctorAtomic said:

'They way crazier and way richer.'

One of the thing I liked about Leverage was that they were ripping off rich, greedy people. I don't know if any of you all watched Hustle, but it was the same premise. A little larger scale, but both show employed the same cons. Anyway, I don't really care that much that Uncle Danny wanted to rip off rich people.

That was one of my favorite things about Leverage. Watching them rip off and so awesomely humiliate and destroy the rich, greedy and terrible people. Knowing they were all based off real life CEOs and rich people made it all the more better. The golf game was fun to watch and hilarious. 

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I did have a good laugh at the welching joke. 

That was funny.

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And, again, great job to have Kai put her foot down to Walker. The show is doing well with the dynamic between the three. 

It really is. I liked Kai did that too. It was in character for her. 

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Whoa I actually thought they killed him until they returned from the break because Walker would have taken a swing at Ernesto. Nice that it was a con in the end. 

I realized it was a set up because Uncle Danny's grabbing a gun and pointing at Alex was too out of character. Stealing his wallet, and all the other cons were more his style. But to do something that direct? 

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The actor is doing well with Kai being confident that she's good at her job. Being the only woman lead is kind of a thin line, unfortunately, because it's too easy to just fall back on being a bitch. 

She was legitimately pissed because the chief was giving them shitty cases, but she worked the case professionally. 

It's a credit to the writing but the actor still needs to work in between the dialogue. 

I also like that she just has tattoos and it's not any deal about anything. 

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I have been enjoying this show-it just took me a while to find the show forum (sometimes when I'm looking for a forum I just give up rather than go through genre after genre and then title after title).  I, too, like Christian Kane (and Dean Devlin shows) and think he is doing well on this show.  I like shows that have some humor along with the more serious elements.  The episodes seem to get stronger and stronger as the writers and actors develop their characters.

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On 5/16/2020 at 8:07 PM, seacliffsal said:

I have been enjoying this show-it just took me a while to find the show forum (sometimes when I'm looking for a forum I just give up rather than go through genre after genre and then title after title).  I, too, like Christian Kane (and Dean Devlin shows) and think he is doing well on this show.  I like shows that have some humor along with the more serious elements.  The episodes seem to get stronger and stronger as the writers and actors develop their characters.

Make your life a little easier and just do a search for the title.  I do that when I’m not sure which genre a show falls under. 

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Chiming in with love for the show. Confessing my deep love and adoration for Ernesto. He's a treasure. I also love Kai. She's a damn good cop, but she does have room to grow. I like that Ocampo is a good cop, even if he's more politician than cop. I will follow Kane pretty much anywhere. 

The stories are good and I like how they build on the characters. I like how they keep Alex's blood pressure only going up when he tries to lower it. The show has really settled into itself beautifully.

Do have a question though - was the music for the song Lone Wolf the music for Different Kind of Knight on Kane's The House Rules album? And wasn't it Kane dubbing the singing at the concert when it was supposed to be Crowe? I concede to possible aural hallucinations.

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They're writing Kai well as being the junior cop, but not being a hot head/hot shot know it all either. She had a temper about being put on what she thought was a low level case last week, and while it's perfectly fine to vent to Ernesto, she took his advice and worked the case professionally even though she was pissed. Similarly, Ernesto could be an ass to them both, but he likes to work the case. 

There's some other characters over in Baltimore who'd call him good po-lice. 

 

 

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I did like how Walker was all 'yay!' and then quickly went to 'wtf did I get in to?' It was interesting that the manager was kind of an enabler.

I was a little disappointed that Kai and Ernesto didn't figure out the kid was the lure for so long. 

The show kind of took a rather introspective turn. 

Was the soup Walker gave him from the episode about the food stalls?

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3 hours ago, DoctorAtomic said:

They're writing Kai well as being the junior cop, but not being a hot head/hot shot know it all either. She had a temper about being put on what she thought was a low level case last week, and while it's perfectly fine to vent to Ernesto, she took his advice and worked the case professionally even though she was pissed. Similarly, Ernesto could be an ass to them both, but he likes to work the case. 

There's some other characters over in Baltimore who'd call him good po-lice. 

 

 

I like that about her. So many cops on TV are hot-headed and its old. She's a good cop, has a temper and its easy to see why. She wants the better cases and despite the good work she's done and some big cases its not happening. Especially since those cases have helped their boss look good. I loved the bets between Ernesto and Kai about whether or not they've helped. I like Ernesto. He's just a really great guy and cop. And funny. I loved Alex's excitement and then it change from dealing with his favorite singer. I loved that Ocampo was also a fan and asked Kai and Ernesto about his cowboy boots. I loved Alex's trying talk the three guys out of attacking him but everything he was going to do. Pointing out the ringleader was nervous or about to do something stupid. Then Alex did exactly what he said. I liked Alex and August talk at the beach. I loved August with the kidnappers. Asking one how he got into the business and asking if he could sing one last time. Then asking for requests.

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I don't know if they were making a point about treating your people well. August really brought this whole thing on himself for treating the manager shitty. 

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4 hours ago, DoctorAtomic said:

Great article. It was nice reading how the series came together and they started out going with Hawaii. I'm glad they went with the Philippines its nice watching a show set in some place different. 

I loved last night's episode. It was so fun. Kai revealing that she tricked Alex into helping was great and really smart on her part. I loved him pretending to be the stylist and her the wedding planner. Kai was really smart throughout the episode. From suggesting how to move the body, to snacks for the meeting, leaving her headset while she went to investigate Amber and saving Alex.  Alex being duped by Amber, although he was more focused on the other people especially the other woman and she did play the roll of hippy chick pretty well. I figured guessed it was her pulled out the little bottle.  Although I didn't peg her as an assassin. When she mention her family was dead but spiritually I assumed her groom had somehow been responsible for it. Loved Ernesto and the people pretending to be drunk to get into the room and the knock everyone out.  

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I think it would have been knocked as a Five-0 rip off they did use Hawaii. 

If you follow the Facebook page, they do a live interview after the show airs on the east coast. 

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