Friday, September 20, 2013

From LA Examiner: 'The Originals', 'Betrayal', & 'Super Fun Night' Advance Reviews...

"Fall 2013 TV Preview: The CW's The Originals"

The CW has an interesting experiment on its hand with The Originals, the Vampire Diaries spin-off that focuses on Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and his family as they attempt to take back New Orleans from his former protege Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). This new show started as a backdoor pilot in the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries, providing an episode that while rich in complications in the new world it introduced ended up delivering less-than stellar ratings. Still, the network picked up the show to series the next day, and Morgan along with Claire Holt and Daniel Gillies packed their bags from Mystic Falls to head to the bayou on a more permanent basis. But the network by no means wants only The Vampire Diaries audience to be interested in The Originals, and their attempt to court those new eyes finds the show delivering a premiere at the start of fall launch that is different from the backdoor pilot in point of view but not events. What this results in is a repetitive and expository hour for anyone who either actually already watched the backdoor pilot, which has been readily available online all summer, or simply knows the story of the original vampire family... [MORE]

"Fall 2013 TV Preview: ABC's Betrayal"

David Zabel, who adapted an international show for his new ABC adultery drama Betrayal, seems to be banking on the fact that there is a good portion of the Scandal audience who wants to watch the early days of an affair play out, to experience the heat and excitement and thrills alongside those characters involved. And there probably is a good chunk of the audience who would want to watch that-- but watching even a few minutes of Betrayal proves that if that's what you want, you're not going to find it here. Sure, the show absolutely explores the early days of an affair-- but there is no heat or excitement or thrills about it... [MORE]

There's a independent female buddy comedy that went straight to DVD called Spring Breakdown that stars Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, and Rachel Dratch as three socially awkward, sheltered women who bonded in college but remained friends ten years after, still spending evenings in with games and make-your-own pizza nights. It is a little-known comedy, but one I personally have gotten a lot of laughs over and really marveled at a different kind of female friendship being explored. So when ABC picked up Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night, a half-hour comedy about three socially awkward, sheltered friends who spend their own nights in, I was thrilled by the possibilities. The pilot episode doesn't quite deliver on all of the potential the premise has to offer, but the thing about a pilot is it's a launchpad for an on-going story, and though this one isn't perfectly paced or hysterically funny, there is definitely a lot about it that provides a truly unique voice worth giving a bit more time to work out the kinks... [MORE]

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