THE SERIES "Quantico"
WHEN | WHERE Sunday at 10 p.m. on ABC/7
WHAT IT'S ABOUT A group of raw recruits arrives at the FBI's Quantico training base in Virginia. They include Alex Parrish (played by actress Priyanka Chopra), hunky Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin), equally hunky Caleb Haas (Graham Rogers), gay nerd Simon Asher (Tate Ellington) and a Muslim, Nimah Anwar (Yasmine Al Massri). All have secrets. One will mastermind a terror attack on Grand Central Station. The series was created by "Gossip Girl" producer Joshua Safran.
MY SAY The major draw for "Quantico," considered by some as ABC's most promising new series -- is Chopra, a Bollywood superstar with languid eyes, pouty lips and enough screen wattage to stop the thumb of even the most inveterate channel changer. She's attractive, all right, and so is the rest of the telegenic crowd surrounding her. What's missing is much of a reason to care about her (or them).
That's the fault of a pilot which spins a wild-eyed premise about a bunch of FBI recruits with dark, possibly murderous secrets -- one of whom is about to become a mass murderer. How did they get past the recruiting officers at Quantico (including Miranda Shaw, played by Aunjanue Ellis), when a simple Google check would have revealed some were wanted in 50 states, and by Interpol, too?
Whatever. TV demands suspension of disbelief, but enough suspension to see Grand Central destroyed in the pilot? New York has suffered enough trauma; it doesn't need any more, especially rendered in the service of prime-time entertainment.