'My Generation': ABC takes a brave look at 9/11, the economy, and more

my-generation-clip.jpgFor your second installment of Zap2it's Project Pilot, where we fill you in on all the new shows coming your way this fall, we've got the scoop on ABC's new show "My Generation," which they touted as "event television" at the Upfront presentation.

Disclaimer: These posts are not reviews -- shows often make tweaks to their pilot episodes between filming in the spring and their fall debuts. Full reviews will come closer to the premiere date.

What it is: A faux-documentary drama about nine high school classmates who return to their hometown of Austin, Texas at age 28. The series alternates between footage from the group's senior year of high school in 2000, and footage from their lives in 2010. It'll air Thursday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Who's making it: Created, written, and executive produced by Noah Hawley ("The Unusuals," "Bones). Other executive producers are Warren Littlefield, Henrik Bastin, Peter Magnusson and Martin Persson. Craig Gillespie directed the ABC Studios pilot.

What to look for: Get ready to get nostalgic. Within the first few moments of the pilot, you'll remember Britney Spears in her prime, President Clinton's now legendary denial, and that annoying Eminem song we couldn't get out of our heads all year. The documentary's narrator notes that "it was a time of prosperity" and "budget surpluses." Not all of the nostalgia is of the "remember the good times" variety, though. A lot has happened since the summer of 2000.

Jaime King, who plays the southern belle with a wandering eye, is by far the most well-known cast member. You may recognize Michael Stahl David from the short-lived "The Black Donnellys," and Kelli Garner has had a solid but under-the-radar movie career. Keir O'Donnell is best known as the creepy brother from "Wedding Crashers" and "Friday Night Lights" and "One Tree Hill" fans will recognize Daniella Alonso from her recurring roles. Mehcad Brooks played Eggs on "True Blood" and Julian Morris is currently on "Pretty Little Liars."

What pops: The series takes a brave look at the ripple effect large-scale events like September 11, 2001 and the Enron collapse had on individual lives. The show truly does tell the story of a generation through these nine kids. Additionally, Michael Stahl David's performance stands out as Steven, the surf-bum bartender who goes back to Austin when he realizes he's got a 9-year-old son from a prom night quickie.

What doesn't: The chemistry between some of the characters is lacking a bit; hopefully it'll develop quickly. We're also not sure that the faux-documentary style works as well with drama as it does with comedy on "The Office" and "Modern Family."




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