“Life”: What’s wrong with you people?

It’s Day One of the Season Pass. How are we doing?

Hope everyone’s digging the new chart we’ve put together, in which we all graded and offered short, snippy comments on each of the pilots. As I was looking it over, I couldn’t figure out how I was the only one who enjoyed the NBC series “Life.”Life_2

Now, granted, it’s no “Sopranos,” but why all the haters? Sure, it takes a premise we’ve seen a gazillion times before — cops on the case, figuring out who did it and why — but Damian Lewis felt a little “House”-like to me, which I consider a good thing. 

He’s got an interesting background that I’ve never seen before from a police drama — he was holed up in the pokey for a crime he didn’t commit. That’s surely going to make for some interesting storylines going forward.

And he eats a lot of fruit. So it’s all good.

I was really impressed with Lewis’ turn in HBO’s monumentally terrific series “Band of Brothers” back in 2001 and thought he was a guy on the rise. He’s done a bunch of things since then but has never caught on in the States.

Throw in long-time fave Adam Arkin and “Deadwood” phenom Robin Weigert, and you’ve got a show that’s worth hanging out with for a while.

— Stuart Levine

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