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Old 01-08-2014, 08:30 AM   #1
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The Assets

I didn't see any advertisements for this show so it kind of snuck up on me. I don't even recall how I heard about it. It's on Thursday nights on ABC. It's kind of like The Americans, but from our point of view regarding the Cold War. I acquired the first episode via torrents and set up a series recording on my HTPC. If you like espionage thrillers this may be in your wheelhouse.
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:17 AM   #2
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I'll give it a bit more time but so far it's a pale imitation of The Americans.
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:27 AM   #3
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I saw plenty of ads, but didn't bother because even from there, it looked like a pale imitation of The Americans. You could see the bad writing & acting in the 2 minutes of preview.

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Old 01-08-2014, 11:34 AM   #4
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Unlike the Americans, The Assets is fact based and adapted from the book written by Sandra Grimes (the agent portrayed in the series). I really didn't think the writing or acting was that bad, but it certainly isn't all that gripping. And clearly ABC doesn't have high hopes for it given their lack of support. Still, I find it interesting and plan on watching the rest of the episodes.
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:02 PM   #5
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I thought it was quite good, with the exception of the extremely terrible music (ambiance music - not songs). It feels like a bit less fantastical than the Americans. And, so far, not quite as good but still quite worth watching at this point.
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:12 PM   #6
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I'm familiar with the Aldrich Ames story so this was of interest to me. I'll keep watching it even though I know how it will end.
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Old 01-08-2014, 05:22 PM   #7
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I thought it was decent. Not great, but watchable, and a terrific (true) story that it's based on.

It's a fixed length mini-series, in the true use of the phrase (not like Under The Dumb, which magically changed from a mini-series to a series). And that's good news, because the ratings were so bad, it wouldn't survive a second week were it not for a fixed shelf life anyway.
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:01 PM   #8
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I know it got horrible ratings, but I very much enjoyed the first episode and will of course keep watching.

Even though when I really compare her, she does NOT really look like her, but for some reason the main character keeps REMINDING me of Claire Danes.
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:59 AM   #9
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It seemed to be not very well done, but I like this kind of show so I'll keep watching for now.

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The part with Yurchenko and Ames was horrible but the part with Polyakov was much better. I've always thought of Ames as a steely cold blooded spy since he was able to fool the CIA for so long, who'd have thought he was really a sniveling weasel?

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I was at home (vacation) the day it premiered, with our local ABC affiliate on the TV most of the morning. Two or three of the morning talk shows interviewed the author/agent that wrote the book and my local news talked about it too. By late morning I decided to set up a recording for it.

I haven't watched it yet -- since it's a mini-series and I have a backlog of shows that I've been neglecting, I figure I can let this one build up for a few weeks before I start it. I've never seen The Americans so I expect I will enjoy it more than the rest of you seem to be.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:08 PM   #11
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This has been cancelled: http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/01/10/th...-canceled-abc/

I guess I don't need to start watching it.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:10 PM   #12
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Keep your SP (and move it to the top).. I BET they run them in the summer..
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:29 AM   #13
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Wow, the British Invasion is in full force.

Ames, his interrogation partner, the woman chasing him, her husband, and her assistant, all Brits.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:50 AM   #14
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It wasOK but I am not going to wait for them to burn up the episodes in the summer
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:16 PM   #15
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Disappointed that this has been cancelled. It was not great by any stretch, but I wanted to see the whole story. I may pick up the book it was based on.

Hopefully ABC will put it up for streaming.
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Old 01-11-2014, 02:42 PM   #16
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The networks tend to air any canceled shows that already have episodes produced at the end of the season or during the summer. It's rare that they simply do not air episodes they've already paid for.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:38 PM   #17
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I would like to see the end also It will only appeal to people in there 50's and 60's + since we were old enough to understand what was going on back them.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:20 PM   #18
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It's a fixed length mini-series, in the true use of the phrase (not like Under The Dumb, which magically changed from a mini-series to a series). And that's good news, because the ratings were so bad, it wouldn't survive a second week were it not for a fixed shelf life anyway.
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This has been cancelled: http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/01/10/th...-canceled-abc/

I guess I don't need to start watching it.
{Banging my head against the wall} I really need to stop making predictions where the networks are involved.

It's not like we didn't know it, but geez, screw the customer, let's go after a few marginally higher ratings points. They're going to show a Shark Tank repeat instead of this? They couldn't just let this run out its course?

I'm with sieglinde. I would watch this as a miniseries now, but have no desire to wait months to see it finally aired.
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WTF!

How will I ever know if he gets caught?

And they are going to air reruns of Shark Tank? Gimme a freakin' break.
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I didn't see any advertisements for this show so it kind of snuck up on me. I don't even recall how I heard about it. It's on Thursday nights on ABC. It's kind of like The Americans, but from our point of view regarding the Cold War. I acquired the first episode via torrents and set up a series recording on my HTPC. If you like espionage thrillers this may be in your wheelhouse.
Wow, I missed this. I had no idea about it. Definitely in my wheelhouse. So I might have to seek it out.
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Wow, I missed this. I had no idea about it. Definitely in my wheelhouse. So I might have to seek it out.
Um, you did see the part about it being cancelled, right?

Although some speculate we'll get to see it this summer.
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Wow, there were TONS AND TONS AND TONS of ads.. and I'm someone who repeatedly (virtually) screams about how I skip all ads, and I saw them!!
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Um, you did see the part about it being cancelled, right?

Although some speculate we'll get to see it this summer.
I saw it after that post...but, there's only one episode and since it's supposed to be self contained, I'll take my chances it shows up this summer. If not, it could be 45 minutes or so of something I enjoyed, or not. I've spent longer than that on series that were supposed to be good and weren't.
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I saw it after that post...but, there's only one episode...
They have aired two episodes so far. It was reportedly canceled after the second one.

I just checked epguides.com and it lists episodes 3 thru 8 as being UNAIRED.
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They have aired two episodes so far. It was reportedly canceled after the second one.

I just checked epguides.com and it lists episodes 3 thru 8 as being UNAIRED.
OK, I saw only one on the ABC channel in Plex. I'm sure that will catch up at some point. I may wind up waiting and watching this in a binge, if they bring it back for the summer.
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I saw it after that post...but, there's only one episode and since it's supposed to be self contained,...
Definitely NOT self-contained. It's the first episode of an eight eps mini-series.

One can certainly save/watch these first two, and hope they air the rest at some point. But to watch them by themselves is a waste of time. They were ok, not great, but decent. And the only reason I stuck with it (after the 1st ep) is the story itself is interesting, and I wanted to see how it played out. Otherwise, it was a B grade show and I wouldn't have kept watching.

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Definitely NOT self-contained. It's the first episode of an eight eps mini-series.

One can certainly save/watch these first two, and hope they air the rest at some point. But to watch them by themselves is a waste of time. They were ok, not great, but decent. And the only reason I stuck with it (after the 1st ep) is the story itself is interesting, and I wanted to see how it played out. Otherwise, it was a B grade show and I wouldn't have kept watching.

SP deleted. Don't really care whether it airs or not. Passion deflated.
I meant self contained, as in a one season mini-series.
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ABC to Revive "The Assets" Beginning Saturday, June 21
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Good, that means I can complete the set, copy all to PC, and then forget to watch any of it.

But I'll have the complete set.
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revive, as in burn off.

I liked it, btw.
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