Come this June, NBC is launching Persons Unknown, a genre-tinged, paranoia miniseries from Oscar-winning writer Chris McQuarrie. Will it conjure memories of the British cult-classic The Prisoner...or AMC's ponderous misfire, The Prisoner?

It's got a little bit of Oldboy, a whole lot of The Prisoner, and Ferris Bueller's Alan Ruck, so I'll check it out. More networks should experiment with short-form, closed-ended programming — not as a means to save money, but as a perfectly valid storytelling format.