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Date Posted: 12:46:07 08/28/02 Wed
Author: gosseyn
Subject: What they're saying (see graf 3)
In reply to: Jessica 's message, "Witchblade was at 2.1 share before Ubique & TNT rose 19% overall in market share this year" on 11:52:44 08/27/02 Tue

Copyright 2002 Chicago Tribune Company
Chicago Tribune

August 26, 2002 Monday, SPORTS FINAL EDITION


LENGTH: 422 words

HEADLINE: 'Witchblade' can't cut it in uneven second season

BYLINE: By Allan Johnson, Tribune television reporter.

Don't be alarmed if New York detective Sara Pezzini's mystical bracelet breaks out in a chorus of "Don't You Want Somebody to Love." Jefferson Airplane/Starship singer Grace Slick is the voice of the "Witchblade" (8 p.m. Monday, TNT), as the supernatural action series wraps an uneven second season.

The tough but vulnerable Sara, captivatingly played by Yancy Butler, has her bracelet -- which as the Witchblade can transform into everything from a gloved sword to a suit of armor to some snazzy brass knuckles -- stolen from her by a former wielder of the weapon. The Witchblade's rip-off comes at the most inopportune time, as a rash of bizarre homicides sweeping the country settles into New York City.

After some impressive ratings last summer, "Witchblade" faced increased competition in the original cable drama department this time out. Five other shows have higher ratings, led by the USA Network's one-two punch of "Monk" and "The Dead Zone."

The fact that most story lines haven't lived up to last season hasn't helped much. Nor has the thrust this season, where Sara relives some events because she used the Witchblade last year to spin time back to just when she got the thing, partly because every other character in the series died during last season's whacked-out finale.

Still, "Witchblade" has been a pleasure overall this summer, thanks mainly to the performance of Butler, who survived a brief stay in a rehab center in the middle of production to give Sara the right amounts of feistiness and melancholy. Still, TNT has yet to announce whether there'll be a third season.

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