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"Graceland" review by Suzanne
Premieres Thursday June 6 10/9c on USA Network

This is an ok cop show that strives to be quirky. I don't really know why TNT would cancel "Dark Blue" and then bring in this show a few years later. It's not as good as Dark Blue was.

Maybe it's not a fair comparison. That was a very dark show about undercover cops. This one is more light-hearted. They both took place in L.A. In this show, some undercover FBI agents live in a beach house with some other federal agents, like DEA and Customs. We see lots of beach pictures, and the agents surf.

The actors do a fine job, and the writing is okay as far as I can tell. It's written by Jeff Eastin, creator of "White Collar". This show is not as good, and the actors don't have the same charisma as Matt Bomer or Tim DeKay.

It does have humor. I'm not saying it's a dud.  The guy who plays Mike is cute. He's the new FBI guy that comes in to their little beach house after one of their crew gets shot.  Like most TV shows, he's the plot device that is used so that we can learn all about the other people already there.

I'm very glad to see Brandon Jay McLaren, who played Jamil in "Falling Skies"! Until he well as Ahmed on "The Killing".

The show starts slow but does get better. I'm waiting to see if it gets even better! It definitely has potential. At the very end of the season premiere, we learn a big secret!


Viewers Can Preview Pilot April 29 to May 12 – GRACELAND Premieres Thursday, June 6, at 10/9C
NEW YORK – APRIL 23, 2013 – USA Network today announced a sneak preview of  GRACELAND, the network’s provocative new original series, available beginning on April 29 for a limited two-week period for free on video-on-demand. The pilot will be available on most carriers, including, Comcast Xfinity TV, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Cablevision, DirecTV, Dish, and Verizon FiOS.  GRACELAND, based on true events, premieres on Thursday, June 6 at 10/9c and focuses on the lives of undercover agents from the FBI, DEA and US Customs who reside and operate under one roof.
“With the latest research showing a 40% increase in time spent watching TV via VOD*, this preview is a key part of our marketing strategy for Graceland,” said Alexandra Shapiro, USA’s executive vice president, marketing and digital. “This is a buzz-worthy show that should generate a lot of fan excitement among early adopters, who can become advocates for our newest franchise.”
Earlier this year, USA offered the entire SUITS library on VOD and leading into the show’s return this past January, and subsequently offered a special selection of PSYCH episodes hand-picked by the show’s stars, James Roday and Dulé Hill. The network has been leveraging the VOD platform to give fans exclusive content since 2007.
GRACELAND is a place where nothing is what it seems and everyone has a secret. From the outside, this idyllic beachfront property is inhabited by a group of young, diverse roommates. Inside, a vastly different world is exposed: one that sustains itself through a complex web of lies.  USA’s new original series GRACELAND delves into the lives of an elusive group of undercover agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and US Customs, who live and operate under one roof (the house got its name because the drug lord from whom the authorities seized the property was known to be an obsessed Elvis Presley fan). When forced to give up any shred of normalcy and the question of trust is a matter of life or death, the house becomes their sanctuary, their “Graceland.”
GRACELAND stars Daniel Sunjata (“Rescue Me”), Aaron Tveit (“Les Miserables”), Vanessa Ferlito (“Stand Up Guys”), Brandon Jay McLaren (“Falling Skies”), Manny Montana (“Chicago Code”), and Serinda Swan (“Breakout Kings”). From Fox Television Studios, Jeff Eastin serves as creator and executive producer.
The #1 network in all of basic cable for an unprecedented seven straight years, USA Network is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes.  USA is a leader in scripted programming with a powerful stable of originals, spectacular live television and is home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, a broad portfolio of acquired series and entertainment events.  A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV.  USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. The award-winning website is located at Characters Welcome. 


Thursdays on USA Network (10-11 p.m. ET); Series Premiere: June 6

Inspired by a true story, USA’s gritty new one-hour original drama “Graceland” comes from executive producer and “White Collar” creator Jeff Eastin.  The series stars Daniel Sunjata (“Rescue Me”) and Aaron Tveit (“Les Miserables”) and will bow in Summer 2013 on USA. 

“Graceland” delves into the lives of an elusive group of undercover agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and U.S. Customs, whose worlds collide at a repossessed Southern California beachfront mansion called Graceland (the house got its name when the authorities seized the house from a drug lord known to be an obsessed Elvis Presley fan).  With three agencies living under one roof, ordinary roommate issues are amplified, as secrets are a matter of life or death.

Graduating at the top of his class, FBI rookie Mike Warren (Tveit) anticipates a traditional D.C. desk job when he’s unexpectedly shipped to Graceland.  Immediately thrown into his first undercover assignment, he relies heavily on the guidance of legendary FBI agent and mentor Paul Briggs (Sunjata).  Briggs is an unusually Zen-like senior agent who notoriously hates the rule book and will go to any length to protect Graceland from the outside world.  With an ensemble cast, the series also features Vanessa Ferlito (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”) as strong-willed DEA agent Catherine “Charlie” Lopez; Brandon Jay McLaren (“Fallen Skies”) as quick-tempered U.S. Customs agent Dale Jakes; Manny Montana (“Chicago Code”) as the fun-loving prankster and FBI agent Joe “Johnny” Tuturro; and Serinda Swan (“Breakout Kings”) as intuitive and merciless DEA agent Paige Arkin.

From Fox Television Studios, Eastin serves as creator and executive producer. Russell Fine (“White Collar,” “Necessary Roughness”) directed the pilot.

Day & time: Summer 2013 on USA
Starring: Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Ferlito, Brandon Jay McLaren, Manny Montana and Serinda Swan

Recurring guest stars: Pedro Pascal, Gbenga Akinnagbe and Scottie Thompson
Creator/executive producer: Jeff Eastin
Line producer / U.P.M.: Paul Marks
Co-executive producer: Stephen Godchaux
Consulting producer: Joe Henderson
Producer/pilot director: Russell Fine
Producers: Sean Daniel, Ed Tapia and Andrew Colville
Story editor: Ryan Scott
Consultants: Dan Shattuck, John Marcello and Jim Campolongo
Staff writer: Aaron Fullerton
Co-producer: Keira Morrisette
Casting directors: Gayle Pillsbury and Lori Wyman
Production designer: Stephen Beatrice
Director of photography: Edward Pei
Editors: Doug Hannah and Debra Weinfeld
Origination: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Produced by: Fox Television Studios

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