BREAKING: Michael Clarke Duncan Has Died…

Deadline is reporting that Michael Clarke Duncan, star of the recently canceled FOX series, The Finder, has died.  Clarke, most notably remembered for his Oscar-nominated role in 1999’s The Green Mile, was 54 years old.

Clarke’s publicist, Joy Fehily, released a statement from his fiancée, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault,  stating that Clarke passed away in a Los Angeles hospital following nearly two months of treatment from a July 13th heart attack.

FOX: ‘Touch’ Renewed… ‘Alcatraz,’ ‘The Finder’ Canceled

Kind of a mixed bag on this one.  We are, of course, thrilled that FOX has announced that they will bring back the Kiefer Sutherland/Tim Kring science fiction series, Touch for a second season.  As we noted in our review, we think Touch is the best new series of the 2012 – 2013 season and it just keeps getting better.

On a more disappointing note, Alcatraz has been canceled as has the Bones spinoff, The Finder.  We loved Alcatraz but we get why it had a hard time finding an audience.  Serialized science fiction revolving mysteries and time-travel just aren’t going to work on a major network.

We liked The Finder, too, and we’re a little surprised that it couldn’t succeed.  It really was just the type of quirky procedural that fans of Bones should have jumped on.

REVIEW: The Finder (FOX – Thursdays, 9:00 p.m.)

From the creator of the hit series BONES comes THE FINDER, a quirky, one-hour procedural centering on a different kind of detective: a remarkable man with the extraordinary ability to help people find the unfindable.

Iraq war veteran WALTER SHERMAN (Geoff Stults) gained a reputation in his army days as being the go-to guy for tracking down insurgents and deserters and finding improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Unfortunately one IED found Walter before he could find it, resulting in severe brain damage with a lasting and unexpected effect. Walter transformed from someone skilled at the standard recovery of people and things to someone much more extraordinary: a Finder.

With this newly discovered “Finder Power,” Walter locates almost anything for just about anyone. Once he’s on a case, there’s no turning back until he’s found exactly what he’s looking for – whether that’s a dead body, a missing father, a guitar pick, a murder weapon or a pair of lucky socks.

After Walter left the military, his reputation as someone able to unearth anything and anyone was passed to generals, politicians and other powerful figures. His first post-military assignment was to find the CIA head honcho’s missing daughter and bring her home. He accomplished that mission successfully, and since then has never been without an assignment.

Walter’s legal advisor and brother-in-arms LEO KNOX (Michael Clarke Duncan) was once an intense and extremely obese lawyer. But after the deaths of his wife and children, Leo transformed himself from a man driven by hate into a gentle giant and philosopher. Leo owns the ramshackle Ends of the Earth bar in Looking Glass Key, FL, which also serves as a makeshift office and home base for Walter. Leo keeps a close eye on unruly teenager WILLA MONDAY (Maddie Hasson). Currently on probation, Willa was raised to be a criminal by her extended family of gypsies. Under Leo’s protection, Willa works at the Ends of the Earth bar where Leo and Walter occasionally use her hard-earned skills in their own work.

Walter has an on-again off-again relationship with DEPUTY U.S. MARSHAL ISABEL ZAMBADA (Mercedes Masöhn), a beautiful and ambitious cop-on-the-rise. However, as much as Isabel likes Walter and utilizes him to further her own career, she knows that he may be an impediment to her rise through the ranks. For Walter and Isabel, it’s a constant balancing act between career ambitions and matters of the heart.

Because of his rare skills, Walter is often asked to find a person or a thing that law enforcement either will not or cannot find. Walter’s occasional social ineptitude, general paranoia and case-related tunnel vision make him somewhat difficult to work with, but thanks to the help and guidance of Leo, as well as the grateful friends and connections he has made through his work, he ultimately finds meaning in his own life by finding someone or something other people have lost. – FOX

65 out of 100

Se here we are with yet another procedural with a main character that has a special ability just below that of supernatural status (see: Numb3rs, Unforgettable, and The Mentalist for other examples of this… yeah, it’s like crack to CBS.) and normally we would expect that this ability would be used as nothing more than a gimmick to hide what is just a typical cop drama, but you know what?  It’s not half-bad and the reason why is because it has a very goods mix of lightheartedness and comedy with some decently developed characters who play well off of each other.

And this is why it’s miles better than its predecessor, Bones, because at the end of the day, you don’t feel like punching any of the characters on this show in the face like you do with the snarky twerps on Bones.  If you’re a fan of Bones, we challenge you to tell us that every character on that show doesn’t come off as a completely arrogant douche.

The storylines aren’t particularly deep, but we didn’t expect them to be because we know what this show is.  It’s guilty pleasure filler on a Wednesday night.  This is just a straight-up, fun private detective show with a likable cast of characters.  When’s the last time we had that?  Well, the short-lived Terriers was an example, we guess, but this show isn’t nearly as heavy as that one was, which, all things considered, is a good thing considering how many good hardcore dramas there on TV right now for us to keep up with.  For people like us who generally hate comedies, The Finder is kind of like an alternative form of comic relief… a break from all of the really heavy drama without the necessity of lowering our standards by watching Law & Order: SVU or the dreaded Harry’s Law.

The cast really interacts well with each other and they have established a chemistry usually only seen on shows that have been on the air for at least a season or two.  It’s refreshing because nothing seems forced… except for one minor little problem; Michael Clarke Duncan.

We’re sorry, but we loved The Green Mile but the only reason he was so good in that film was that his lines were incredibly limited and if you haven’t noticed, he hasn’t had that many big roles over the last fifteen years since that film came out.  There’s a reason for that.  The man can’t act his way out of a paper bag and we’re not saying that to be mean or harsh, we’re saying it because it seems like his entire career is based on casting directors being too scared that he might just beat the sh*t out of them if they don’t cast him. His character is very likable and has the potential to either carry the show or bring the whole thing crashing to its knees and we would prefer the former.  That being said, it would behoove the producers to insist that Mr. Duncan get some serious remedial training as this series continues.  He’s providing a very mediocre performance and it’s very noticeable especially with the level of professionalism he’s surrounded by on every episode.

We certainly recommend The Finder, but we have to warn you not to get caught up in the fact that it’s just pointless, entertaining brain candy.

Watch full episodes of The Finder, here.