"Bones" creator Hart Hanson and Fox used their successful series "Bones" to launch "The Finder," but it pales in comparison to that quirky, clever detective drama.
Based on a series of novels by Richard Greener, "The Finder" (8 p.m. Thursday, Fox; 2 stars) tells the story of Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults), a former military policeman who believes that the brain injury he suffered from an Iraqi booby trap has given him the uncanny ability to find anyone or anything--anywhere. He runs a Florida Keys detective agency out of his bar with the help of a reformed crooked attorney (South Side native Michael Clarke Duncan) and a juvenile delinquent (Maddie Hasson) who is assigned to him by the courts. He also trades info with a U.S. marshal (Mercedes Masohn) with whom he's sleeping.
Sounds promising, but the premiere falls flat. It feels slapped together, cheaply filmed and not at all as clever as Hanson and Co. think it is. What juvie court would ever make two single men who run a bar and get shot at all the time the foster parents of a serial runaway?
That's just one head-scratcher here. When the narrative and plot start to unravel, the writers pull things back together using Sherman's special abilities to explain things away--common sense be damned.
Stults and the rest of the cast are charming and likeable (just check out the video interviews in the player above), so hopefully "The Finder" will find its footing. Maybe Hanson should hire Sherman to search for a little bit of logic.Copyright © 2015, RedEye