What would happen if Christian Slater and Steve Zahn starred in a new show on ABC, and nobody knew about it? That seems to be the question posed by tonight’s series premiere of “Mind Games” staring Slater and Zahn as brothers who run a business based on influencing people. Maybe it was due to the Olympics sucking up all the media air, or the fact that the show doesn’t feel very ABC. Either way the show is premiering under the radar.
“Mind Games” looks like a promising show, but one you’d see on USA after “Psych”. Success on ABC seems to follow a female driven plot, think “Revenge”, “Scandal”, or “Once Upon a Time”. “Mind Games” on CBS would feel like a show with a strong chance of survival, but on ABC it might not find the right audience. It airs tonight after “The Bachelor”. Will those viewers stay put for Slater and Zahn?
Here’s the ABC synopsis of the show.
With a little bit of science, a dash of con-artistry, plus a smattering of Jedi mind tricks, brothers Ross (Christian Slater) and Clark Edwards (Steve Zahn) can tailor a plan to influence any life-altering situation, thereby making their clients’ dreams come true and their nightmares go away. They are partners in Edwards and Associates, an unusual business based on the belief that people’s decisions are influenced by their environment in ways they’re not aware.
Will ABC’s audience relate to “Jedi mind tricks”? I hope so because the show itself has some promise, but the programming gods at ABC don’t seem to be doing it much justice. Give “Mind Games” to ABC or USA and it might end up differently. Zahn is great at doing borderline personalities, and Slater is a solid choice as the straight man in the group.
Here’s a three minute long trailer for the “Mind Games” premiere.
Date: Tuesday, February 25th
Episode Title: Mind Games Series Premiere
Start Time: 10:00 pm ET
Online Stream: ABC.com