We Ranked Quantico’s Suspects Based on How Guilty They Seem—With Clues From …

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‘Quantico': TV Review.

You’ve seen this before — actually, you’ve seen this on ABC before: Woman sleeps with man in a car then finds out he’s her new coworker. SERIES: “Quantico,” which premieres Sunday on ABC, was created by Joshua Safran, a writer and executive producer of CW’s “Gossip Girl” and NBC’s “Smash.” STORY: Priyanka Chopra stars as Alex Parrish, part of an ethnically diverse class of F.B.I. trainees.One of the frustrating things about the pilot for ABC’s Quantico is that it’s just good enough to make you want to watch another, but also filled with enough worries to make you want the second episode as proof that the flaws might be magnified. Aunjanue Ellis is the trainees’ no-nonsense mentor, and she immediately gives them a test: Find out a dark secret about a classmate within 24 hours or go home. (They all have dark secrets.) In a flash forward, we learn that a major terrorist attack is coming and that at least one of the trainees is involved. So here we are again with a broadcast network releasing only one episode for review, a practice that — given the poor ratings from the vast majority of shows released so far — is not working particularly well.

Hell, they even have encouraged it, with promos saying “Quantico is being called Grey’s Academy and How To Get Away With Treason.” Is anyone actually calling it that? Smith) bit the dust in front of the entire class after thinking Caleb (Graham Rogers) had discovered a shameful secret he hadn’t shared with the FBI. TV like ‘Quantico’ takes even more — it doesn’t do much to hide its borrowings,” James Poniewozik wrote in The Times. “It does at least repackage them divertingly, but it lacks the idiosyncrasy that grounds a show like ‘Scandal’ through its wildest flights.” Elsewhere: Admirers said it accomplishes what the opener of a whodunit needs to do — establish a range of suspects and spark viewers’ interest in the mystery and hero.

With its plot twists, flashbacks and Olivia Pope-like back story, “Quantico” feels like a Shonda Rhimes creation (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal”). “If great TV takes many hands to make, competently O.K. Of course, what keeps them complacent is the (increasingly rare) pilot that actually does look intriguing and prompts people to turn out — as they will tonight for Quantico, and as they did for NBC’s . Fellow recruit Nimah (Yasmine al Massri) was revealed to be a pair of twin sisters, Ryan (Jake McLaughlin) has actually been working undercover for Liam (Josh Hopkins) to spy on Alex (Priyanka Chopra), and Caleb got kicked out of the new class of recruits for his involvement in Eric’s death. Chopra.) 9 A.M. (CNN) STATE OF THE UNION Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, weighs in on Pope Francis’ visit to the United States and the presidential campaign. (Image: Ms. In any case, you should definitely give Quantico a look if you’re interested in a little mindless eye candy that has enough hooks of a larger mystery to possibly keep you entertained week to week.

Quantico boss Josh Safran tells EW it won’t be this twisty all the time — at least, not every episode will pile on the revelations in every scene. “We’re not going to reveal that Nimah and Raina are triplets in episode 3,” he says. “I’m hoping the audience comes to see that those 180s that happened at the end of the pilot are not just shocking twists, but a road map for where these characters are going and moving forward … The writers and I talked about it as a snapshot that keeps widening out more and more, and then suddenly, the more people that are in the snapshot, the more you begin to realize how they’re connected.” Now that the first snapshot’s been unveiled to viewers, it’s time to look at what to expect as the season continues. The attractive ensemble cast includes an appealing mix of character types, including a tough Southern belle (Johanna Braddy), a compromised Mormon (Brian J. Their first assignment is simple: Take a fellow recruit’s file, investigate to find the one fact that’s been removed, and then get him or her to confirm it during an interrogation. These secrets may or may not be important because fast-forward nine months, and one of these recruits (maybe more?) will pull off the biggest terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11.

The FBI has sort of opened their gates a little wider after their frustration with the government shutdown, so maybe some people slipped in that would’ve been red-flagged at a different point, but I always knew that I wanted a character whose secret was so far buried, that it was so dark that they had no choice but to come out. A rough-and-tumble Dakota boomtown is a novel setting for a network show, but the boomtown of “Blood & Oil” is an art-directed one, and the series itself is a glossy soap in the vein of “Dallas,” not a gritty “Deadwood,” which is a bit of a lost opportunity. “Blood & Oil” (ABC, 9 p.m.) stars Don Johnson as Hap Briggs, a legendary oil tycoon with a disappointing layabout son Wick, and quite possibly a new protege in Billy Lefever (Chace Crawford), a working class kid new to Rock Springs, N.D. So don’t get too attached to anyone because he/she could turn out to be evil. (But at least we get a heads up unlike with Ward and the Agents of Shield switcheroo.) The pilot jumps back and forth between the early Quantico days and the day of the attack.

Trump talks with Scott Pelley about what he would do if elected. 8 P.M. (Fox) THE SIMPSONS Marge and Homer have a trial separation, during which Homer starts dating a 20-something. Quantico is fronted by Bollywood superstar and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra, who will now attempt to conquer the last bastion of said world right here on American television. Brian’s a regular on Sense8 so it wasn’t suddenly like, “Oh, I’m going to kill Eric!” I went out to Brian specifically because I had worked with him on Gossip Girl and I thought he would be a great actor. Chopra, a National Film Award winner (the Indian equivalent of the Oscar), may seem too self-assured to believably portray a shaky recruit — and her charisma may make the rest of the cast seem too generic. The show occasionally unearths a nugget of truth about the boom-and-bust economy of the Bakken — “Around here, you either got two jobs or two houses” — but make no mistake: This show will run on poisonous rivalries, hidden agendas, and unbridled ambitions.

Played by Priyanka Chopra, Alex comes to Quantico from Oakland, California, where she lived with her mother, whom she lied to about taking a train instead of a plane. And Phil (Will Forte) and Carol (Kristen Schaal) embark on a road trip in “The Last Man on Earth,” at 9:30. 9 P.M. (13, 49) INDIAN SUMMERS “Downton Abbey” meets “A Passage to India” — or maybe “White Mischief” — in this latest “Masterpiece Classic” entry, set in 1932 during the unsettled twilight of British rule in India, about the steely doyenne (Julie Walters) of an English social club in the shadow of the Himalayas, where the privileged gather for a summer of parties, romance and attempted murder.

But it “lacks the thing that makes ‘Downton’ irresistible despite its sometimes irritatingly muddled storytelling: Julian Fellowes’s ability to create an endless roster of distinctive, quirky characters (and the show’s ability to find actors to match them).” (Image: Ms. And Safran and company have a nice little conceit in the pilot where we meet a bunch of the FBI recruits on their way to their first day, then follow them in the early stages as they meet each other and build some background stories along the way.

That the recruits are pretty much who you think they’d be — the pretty boy whose parents are agents but he’s the dumb one in the family; the girl whose parents died on Sept. 11; the gay guy; the Muslim woman; the Marine, etc. — is typical central casting for not just ABC but all of network television. Certainly more episodes would be more helpful in evaluating where Quantico is going, but at least the first hour does its most basic job — setting the hook — well enough to give it the benefit of the doubt. As they escort her away in handcuffs, she sees O’Conner — who is now being called “Assistant Director” — and pleads with him, but he doesn’t help at all. You meet her instantly in episode 2, and she becomes sort of a thorn in the side of all of the other recruits, because she’s very determined to be the best.

Alex definitely has some secrets, or at the very least her father does, but everything else pointing to her being the terrorist seems a little too convenient. He quickly sets his sights on Simon, because Simon is the first openly gay trainee in FBI history, which by the way is a sad fact, it’s actually the truth. We first meet Simon (Tate Ellington) when he’s kissing a stranger on the street for the sake of a selfie, which he then frames and puts on display in his room at Quantico. I think that’s an important thing to say, which is that the series takes place in two time periods at the same time, and those time periods run parallel and forwards. In order to prove his right to be there, he wants to succeed with the interrogation portion of week one, so he grabs the file for “Elder Eric” (Brian J.

Caleb is good at Mormon nicknames (“Joseph Smith,” “Romney”), but he’s terrible at discovering dirt on his fellow recruit, so instead he just taunts Eric with the unknown secret to disastrous results… see next page.

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