Tuesday, December 27, 2011

From LA Examiner: Advance Reviews of 'Switched At Birth', 'Jane By Design', and 'Work It'...

"Switched At Birth came so far and now slows down to enjoy the ride"

Switched at Birth was one of the more pleasant surprises when it came to new dramas in 2011, so it was one who’s mid-season return we were most anticipating. But this time around, the mini hiatus taken between the first and second halves of the first season served as a distraction, a distancing from our love of the show. Week after week, we would be swept away in the angst, the turmoil, the love triangles, but coming back after all of this time, the spark has fizzled, the flame cooled. “Starry Night” dropped us back into the Kennish/Vasquez conflict immediately after we left off, but the same ole, same ole isn’t enough anymore... [MORE]

"Mid-Season Preview: ABC Family’s Jane By Design"

When the premise for ABC Family’s newest original one-hour drama, Jane By Design, was first released, we couldn’t help but draw a comparison to a modern classic film from our childhood. A teenage girl ends up with a high-powered assistant position at a fashion agency, all while dealing with a teenage crush, a snooty work rival, and the inability to tell anyone she is living two lives. But where it sounds similar on paper to Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead, Jane By Design is totally different in execution. Instead Jane By Design more closely mimics the other ABC Family dramas that came before it, settling into a comfortable formula and hoping the added imagery of sleek fashion styles will intrigue anew... [MORE]

"Mid-Season Preview: ABC’s Work It"

Disclaimer: We attempted to watch the Work It pilot a few separate times before we sat down to write this review. Each time we had to shut it off well before the end of its twenty-two minutes. At most, we got about fourteen minutes in. We just couldn’t take it. Read on (and watch) at your own risk... [MORE]

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