'The Event': NBC wants to hook you with a new thriller

"The Event" has been getting pretty strong buzz since NBC previewed it in May, and it will get its first wide screening Saturday (July 24) at Comic-Con. Read on for what details on you'll see Saturday (or in September, if you're not at Comic-Con).

Disclaimer: These posts are not reviews -- shows often make tweaks to their pilot episodes between filming in the spring and their fall debuts. Full reviews will come closer to the premiere date.

What it is: A fast-moving thriller involving a guy (Jason Ritter, "Parenthood") who's about to propose to his girlfriend (Sarah Roemer, "Disturbia"), the president of the United States (Blair Underwood, "In Treatment"), a secret detention facility in Alaska, the leader of the detainees (Laura Innes, "ER") and one great big coverup.

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