It's easy to argue that AMC is the best TV network right now, considering that its two original series are the best two series on TV -- "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad."
When I first heard there was going to be a remake of the 1960s TV classic "The Prisoner," I was a bit worried. After all, this is my favorite all-time series and repeating the magic of the original would be a monumental task.
But in the hands of the folks at AMC, it looks like it's being done right -- both capturing the essence of the original series, but being original in its own right.
Starring Jim Caviezal as No. 6 and Sir Ian McKellan as No. 2, the series seems to start out in the modern world, but soon is transported to a desert in the middle of nowhere. Instead of the picturesque village from the original series (filmed in Portmerion, Wales), the new series features a different style village in the middle of this desert, surrounded by mountains and the beach.
AMC released a nine-minute preview of "The Prisoner" at Comic-Con, and if this doesn't get you excited, nothing will:
WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: On "Leverage" (TNT, 9 p.m.), the team goes after a shady hedge fund manager. Sigh. If only there were a real-life "Leverage" team to do this...
It's followed by a new episode of "Dark Blue," which I gave up on.
On the networks, last week the Presidential news conference caused me to miss my weekly dose of people bouncing off giant rubber balls into pits of mud. Fortunately, "Wipeout" (ABC, 8 p.m.) is back, followed by "I Survived A Japanese Game Show."
Fox has two hours of "So You Think You Can Dance?" beginning at 8 p.m.
On NBC, "The Philanthropist" (NBC, 10 p.m.) goes after a guy operating a Ponzi scheme. Hmm, I wonder if he's cooridnating with the "Leverage" folks?