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Picks and Pans Review: Haunted

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UPN (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET)

Somebody’s seeing dead people again. In the spirit of The Sixth Sense, this dark new drama centers on private eye Frank Taylor (Matthew Fox from Party of Five), an ex-cop who finds himself with one foot on “the other side” after suffering a near-fatal stab wound. Though Frank manages to slay his assailant, the psycho now haunts him. That’s not a good thing, but other ghosts provide the detective with important crime-solving assistance. The Sept. 24 pilot is effectively atmospheric if unrelievedly grim. However the script pounds home the point that Frank feels guilty for failing to prevent the abduction of his little boy, who may be signaling from the realm of the departed.

Bottom Line: Some scares, no subtlety