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'The Finder' Review: Flawed But Fun

I honestly didn't expect to like The Finder . I wanted to like the show, of course. It has an intriguing concept -- a former military man, now suffering from brain damage, is capable of finding absolutely anything -- and comes from Hart Hanson, the man who made the weirdness of Bones possible. But I was not convinced. Fortunately, I was wrong. The Finder has flaws, but they are not enough to take away the show's fun. //

The Finder “An Orphan Walks into a Bar” Review

When I watched the backdoor pilot of  The Finder  that aired last year  during the regular season of Bones , I wasn’t exactly excited for the prospect of an entire show based on  what I saw. Even though it was set in Florida and I usually love shows set in Florida (except for you,   CSI  Miami !!), something just wasn’t gelling for me. It wasn’t until I watched the official first episode, "An Orphan Walks Into a Bar" that I realized what was  missing : an ensemble with chemistry. This is no disrespect to Saffron Burrows who is a wonderful actress, but replacing her character with sassy US Marshall Isabel Zambada (Mercedes Masohn) and a troubled teenage gypsy Willa Monday (Maddie Hasson) was probably the smartest move the show’s producers could have made. In a surprise twist that I kind of love, Isabel is already sleeping with Walter (do you have another explanation for why she was in her underwear after having dinner with him?), thus eliminating the whole "will they, won’t they" factor that, while serving  Bones  well, is getting a little over-played. Read More... //  

‘The Finder’ Is Not So Much a ‘Bones’ Spinoff, But Wins With Geoff Stults’ Quirks - Review

The Finder  is called a  Bones ‘ spinoff, but apart from having the same creator, being a procedural show and having a quirky main character , the two shows are pretty different. In fact, you really don’t need to have ever watched  Bones  to watch  The Finder . Unlike  Private Practice , which had connections to Grey’s Anatomy  through its main character,  The Finder  doesn’t really have any  connections to  Bones , apart for that one episode which first introduced the characters. Which is not to say it’s a bad thing , but just to encourage people that don’t watch  Bones  to tune in to  The Finder , you might fall in love  with it. The premise of the series is pretty simple, Iraq war  veteran, Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults) used to be the go-to guy to track down insurgents and deserters and finding improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during his time in the army. But after an exploding IED left Walter with severe brain damage, his skill expanded considerably, making him a "Finder." What it means is that Walter can find pretty much anyone or anything and he won’t stop until he has found them. To help him, Walter has his legal advisor, Leo Knox (Michael Clarke Duncan) who "takes care of the money." He also owns the Ends of the Earth bar, which him and Walter also use as their office. Read More... //  

Television review: 'The Finder' on Fox loses its way

'The Finder' on Fox has impressive parts that fail to add up to an impressive whole. Geoff Stults is brain-damaged private detective with an unusual ability to find people. The problem with "back-door pilots" — episodes of popular series written to introduce characters for a potential new show — is that they are invariably better than the front-door versions that follow. //,0,3478055.story

Television Review: ‘The Finder,’ From Hart Hanson, on Fox - Review

  Walter Sherman, the main character in the new Fox series "The Finder," has a knack for locating people and things that have gone missing. Maybe he should look for the chemistry that he and his pals had last year when this premise was first introduced in an episode of "Bones."  The new show’s premiere Thursday night does get off to an amusing start with a vignette in which Walter (Geoff Stults) retrieves a missing guitar for John Fogerty, who stays around just long enough to play a tasty slice of "Fortunate Son."   But when the main plot shows up — a young man asks Walter to find his father, a former Air Force pilot who disappeared while flying a private plane — things turn a little flat. Read More... //

'The Finder' review: FOX's new show still finding itself

If you were a fan of early '80s beefcake detective shows, then "The Finder" may just be your new favorite show. Think of the mid-season starter, which debuts Thursday (Jan. 12) on FOX, as an updated "Magnum P.I." We've lost the mustache and the short shorts, but in all other respects the shows have a lot in common.Like "Magnum," "The Finder" is set in a tropical locale; instead of Hawaii, we have the Florida Keys. And main dude Walter Sherman ("7th Heaven's" Geoff Stults) is an Iraqi war vet, much like Tom Selleck's Thomas Magnum, who was a highly decorated Navy SEAL. And, like Magnum, Sherman has a sidekick -- but instead of an arch British butler, he's got the buff Michael Clark Duncan ("The Green Mile") who plays a former lawyer turned dive bar owner.Stults and Duncan are joined by series regulars Maddie Hasson, who plays a teen crook paroled to the care of... //

FOX: Midseason Reviews

By: Tim Holland Alcatraz  is J.J. Abrams latest puzzler that centers on a trio of investigators out to solve the mysterious reappearance of former Alcatraz inmates 50 years after they disappeared from the island prison and who are continuing their violent ways in the present. It’s a daring premise, but Abrams and his excellent cast, led by Sam Neill, Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia, are up to the task. Alcatraz  seamlessly combines the thrills of a police procedural with the intrigue of a good old-fashioned mystery to create a unique sci-fi drama unlike anything else on TV. But what else would you expect from the man behind  Alias ,  Lost  and  Fringe ? My advice: escape to  Alcatraz . Touch is a well-intentioned drama that blends science and spirituality in an attempt to say that we are all connected and responsible for one another. Kiefer Sutherland stars as a single dad of an emotionally-challenged 11-year-old son (David Mazouz) who only communicates through numbers. Sutherland learns that those numbers are a link that unites various people all over the world and that they have the power to shape their destinies. The idea that we are all one and that our actions profoundly affect others, even those we haven’t met, is compelling. Unfortunately, Touch stretches the boundaries of credulity with its all-too-convenient links that allow its far-fetched stories to interconnect and be resolved. Sutherland makes a strong impression as the frustrated dad and Mazouz is excellent as the boy.  But in the end Touch feels forced and fails in its mission to connect with viewers. The hit cult movie Napoleon Dynamite is now a--- Sweet! ---animated series and is voiced by the film’s original cast members. For those unaware, Napoleon Dynamite focuses on the comic misadventures of "America’s most awesomely awkward teenager" and his quirky family and friends in rural Idaho. The series is much faster-paced than the movie and thus will likely appeal to even non- Napoleon fans who were put off by the film’s at times ultra-deliberate pace. The jokes are fast and furious and, while they don’t all land, more than enough do to keep the laughter coming. And, as stated earlier, Napoleon is indeed sweet. Yes, there are fart jokes but nothing really crude. It’s a Fox animated series that the whole family can enjoy. The Finder is a lackluster Bones spinoff that centers on eccentric Walter Sherman (a charismatic Geoff Stults), a man with an uncanny ability to find things or people that no one else can. Even though it’s a procedural, the tone is light and there is much good-natured bantering that goes on between Walter and his sidekick Leo, played by a sturdy Michael Clarke Duncan, and on-again, off-again girlfriend and U.S. Marshal Isabel Zambada (Mercedes Masohn). The show is pleasant but not engaging, and the storytelling is sluggish, bordering on boring. Unfortunately, The Finder is best left undiscovered.