What’s on Tonight: Breakout Kings

Sunday night got you down? Looking for something that will break you out of the girly family drama mode? Brothers and Sisters, Desperate Housewives, and Army Wives just not enough? Well, A&E has you covered.

Tonight you can catch the new series Breakout Kings. From Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora (writers and producers of Prison Break), this new drama follows a team of U.S. Marshals, who bring on a team of convicts to help them catch dangerous fugitives. After all, who’s best to find a con than a con?

True, it’s a little White Collar meets Leverage (two of my favorites), so I wouldn’t say the premise is entirely new, but it’s a good, diverse cast, and it’s certainly worth checking out. I’ve watched the first episode, which premieres tonight at 10/9c, and while it has a bit of a rocky start, it certainly has promise.

What the show could use is a little more character development. I’m sure the show will get there — I have faith — but I almost wish the premiere episode of the show had been two hours, so we’d have a little time to set up the conditions of the convicts’ maximum security prison and how evil the fugitive really was before he escaped. Sure, he did keep killing people rather ruthlessly once he was out (get ready for that), so you understood the urgency to get him back behind bars, but it was a little bit of a one-sided character. As for the prison conditions, well, the team of cons seemed rather well-rounded and likable, and you really didn’t understand how they could be dangerous enough to warrant maximum security in the first place.

But they did have their quirks and eccentricities. I have to say, Jimmi Simpson, who plays con Lloyd, is a pleasure to watch, and I’d tune in week to week just to see him. Marshal Charlie DuChamp is also a favorite, as well as their behind-the-scenes tech Julianne. She’s such a sweetheart, in her socially awkward way. Overall, I look forward to more episodes for character development because they do have a good base. Clearly, there’s a lot more to learn.

So check it out tonight, and see what happens. Then come back here and let me know what you think.

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