TELEVISION: MANY SWORDS BUT NO EDGE

IT'S CALLED ROAR, BUT SHAUN CASSIDY'S NEWEST VENTURE IS PRETTY TAME

Perhaps the thinking among the programming executives at Fox went something like this: if television can sustain three different nighttime soaps about the backbiting and the collagen-injected in three different monied precincts of Los Angeles, then perhaps it can also sustain three action-adventure series set among leather-wearing warriors and hooded-caped, albeit prophetic, senior citizens in the woodsy, fog-laden hills of fifth century Europe.

Tempted, almost certainly, by the brakeless popularity of the syndicated series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, Fox this week launches Roar (Mondays, 9 p.m. ET), a show about a reluctant prince named Conor (Heath Ledger)...

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