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September 16, 2010
By Dean Robbins

A con man pushes his luck in ‘Lone Star’

“Lone Star” (Monday, 8 p.m., Fox) gives me hope for the 2010-11 season. Bob (James Wolk) lives his life as a con artist, with pressure from his dad (David Keith). He’s set up oil-and-gas scams in Houston and Midland, Tex., while also creating fake identities and romantic relationships in each place. The thing is, Bob wants to stop faking it, against dad’s wishes. He wants to go legit — but in both places, with both women. You see the potential problems.

The cast is brilliant, including Jon Voight as Bob’s menacing oil-tycoon father in Houston. Wolk is not only devilishly handsome, but devilishly seductive. He’s a guy we can’t help sympathizing with, no matter how badly he acts. We want him to pull off his double life, in spite of his father’s warning: “Son, this is a house of cards. You don’t get to live in it!”

It will be fun to watch the house of cards quiver over the next few months.


‘The Event’

Monday, 8 p.m. (NBC)

We don’t have “Lost” to puzzle over anymore, but now we have “The Event.” The pilot leaves you confused, but it’s masterfully managed confusion, with characters who aren’t what they seem and a doozy of a mystery.

The Obama-like president of the United States (Blair Underwood) visits a secret prison in Alaska, a young man (Jason Ritter) discovers strange goings-on during a cruise with his girlfriend, and…well, I can’t tell you what happens next. It’s not that I want to avoid spoilers — it’s that I don’t really understand what happens next. CV


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