Normally, I'm not a huge fans of remakes ("Battlestar Galactica" being the obvious exception), but I have to say, I am looking forward to AMC's remake of "The Prisoner" this fall.
The remake of the late '60s classic starring Patrick McGoohan will be AMC's third original dramatic series. Considering the first two -- "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" -- are two of the very best shows on TV, bar none, my expectations going in are pretty high.
The new "Prisoner" will star Jim Caviezal as No. 6 and Sir Ian McKellan as No. 2. The series, for those unfamiliar, involves a former spy who is sent to a mysterious village where people are known only by numbers. The people behind The Village want to know why No. 6 resigned his position and will do anything to get it, by hook or by crook.
The original series was certainly a spiritual influence on current shows such as "Lost," which use an alternative style of narrative to tell a story.
For a behind-the-scenes look at "The Prisoner," go here: http://www.amctv.com/originals/the-prisoner/
WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: Speaking of "Lost," (ABC, 9 p.m.), we're back with the Oceanic Six this week as well as the people time-hopping on the island. Do we meet Faraday's mysterious mom this week? Tune in to find out. It's followed by a new "Life On Mars" at 10 p.m.
"Life" (NBC, 9 p.m.) is finally back after leaving us with a cliffhanger in which Crews was shot. It's about time, NBC. It follows a new "Knight Rider" and precedes a new "Law & Order."
Katie Couric continues her primetime Wednesday appearances with a special in which she interviews Grammy nominees (CBS, 9 p.m.)
Speaking of music, "American Idol" (Fox, 8 p.m.) promises to crush a few dreams tonight. It's followed by a new "Lie To Me" at 9 p.m., a solid-though-not-spectacular entry into Fox's lineup.
On cable, "Damages" (FX, 10 p.m.) is all new, making for a very busy night of viewing.