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January 2009


How to Become a Bounty Hunter

ABC’s ‘Homeland Security USA’ Show a Bomb

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — I just finished watching the first episode of ABC’s “Homeland Security USA” and I can honestly say the best thing about it was the Domino’s Pizza commercial about its new baked submarine sandwiches.
Simply put: ABC deserves a D.
The show falls flat.  Sure there’s some drugs seized and some illegal immigrants busted. But there’s just not that much to it.
At one point, cameras roll and  border agents at the San Ysidro checkpoint at the California -Mexico border draw guns on a car. They think they may have an armed and dangerous man. A woman gets out the car, kneels on the ground, puts her hands behind her head. Her husband eventually gets out of the car. She tells the officers they always mistake her husband for someone else. Guess what. She’s right. They’re wrong. Ooops.
Then there’s “Nora” the belly dancer from Switzerland who gets interrogated at LAX airport. She’s come to America to belly dance at local restaurants. But she doesn’t have working papers. Officers interrogate her.  What are your intentions? Do you realize you don’t have working papers? And oh yes: Would you like a cheeseburger or would you prefer a cup of noodles?
The show is between 8 and 9 p.m. every Tuesday. So are some much better shows: “House” and “The Daily Show” and “The Stephen Colbert Show”. And oh yes, NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”, which I hate to say, at least at this point, may be a more befitting name for this ABC show.
And now about those baked submarine sandwiches….
Read  Review by Tom Shales of the Washington Post

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