'V' first look: Watch the opening act

v_video_290.jpgThe 21st-century version of "V" lands in a little more than a week, and to tide us over until Nov. 3 ABC has released the first eight minutes of the premiere.

We said back in September that "V" -- which will air its first four episodes in November, then return in the spring -- is at the top of our must-see list for fall, and the opening of the show gives you a little idea as to why. Yes, it partly has to do with fond memories of the 1983-84 miniseries, but the update is also very well-done and features a pretty strong cast led by Elizabeth Mitchell.

The opening act does a pretty efficient job of sketching in who the major players are going to be -- Mitchell's FBI agent, Logan Huffman as her son, Scott Wolf as an ambitious newscaster, Morris Chestnut as a guy about to propose to his girlfriend (Lourdes Benedicto) and Joel Gretsch as a priest. You'll also see a brief glimpse of Morena Baccarin as the leader of the Visitors. It's also pretty well-produced; the scope of the production is a notch or two above everyday TV fare.

Have a look for yourself.



What'd you think? Is your appetite appropriately whetted?

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