Wednesday, May 20, 2009

TV Review: Fourth and Long

The Deets
Where: Spike TV
When: Mondays @ 10 eastern, 9 central
episode 1 is also available on the website

"Let me make this perfectly clear. This is a football tryout camp. I don't want to hear any of that (deleted) about a reality TV show."
-Michael Irvin

Thus begins Spike TV's newest series, "Fourth and Long". So does Spike make good on Irvin's promise?

Thank goodness, yes! This show is football, football, football and more football. No stupid challenges. No middle school drama. This is about seeing who has the ability and the heart to play pro ball. The premise is simple: twelve men whose careers in football might have ended too early are given a second, possibly final chance to play on an NFL team. They are put through a series of grueling exercises and then based on their performances, one person will be eliminated each episode. So far there is no one on the show who makes you wonder if they were cast to make good television. So if you're looking for Survivor on astroturf, this might not be the show for you. If you want to see what it takes to make an NFL contender, tune in, you won't be disappointed. Beautifully shot, purposefully and perfectly cast, exciting...It gets two thumbs way up from me.

copyright 2009 jas faulkner

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