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'The (sluggish) River' starts slow

"The River," will premiere with two back-to-back episodes on the ABC Television Network. From left in foreground, Paul Blackthorne, Joe Anderson and Eloise Mumford. Credit: ABC

ABC's attempt to capitalize on the found-footage-cinema-verite-handheld-camera-horror genre got off to a mixed start last night with "The River."

First hour was seen by 8.2 million viewers, and the second by 6.82, while the demo rating hovered over a 2. By no means terrible, but not a success either, and that second hour figure is most troubling from ABC's perspective given weaker competition at that time.

The network would've liked to see a jump there, but didn't get it. Reviews were pretty strong, even though I was convinced this was actually a comedy;  nothing wrong with that, by the way.

The show's fun. But we'll all just have to wait until next week to see if there's life in old man "River." 

Photo: "Some of "The River" cast, from left, Paul Blackthorne, Joe Anderson and Eloise Mumford.


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