In the US: Wednesdays, 10/9c, ABC. Starts September 21
Revenge is a funny old thing, isn't it? A dish best served cold, apparently, it's been the subject of fiction throughout the ages. One of the most famous novels of revenge is the Count of Monte Cristo and some bright spark at ABC - a network always on a perpetually failing quest to come up with some new, decent dramas - has hit on the idea of updating the novel by moving it to the Hamptons and making it a soap opera.
Pretty young 'Emily Thorne' is getting married to Daniel Grayson, but just as her engagement is announced, his dead body is (apparently?) found on the beach. Flash back five months and it turns out Emily isn't really Emily, but is in fact the daughter of one of the Grayson family's old enemies, a man who died shamed after being accused of crimes he didn't commit.
Emily has a plan. After years in juvi, she's gotten out to discover she's rich thanks to her father's investments and that her dad is really innocent. So she decides to revenge herself on those who set him up.
And to do that, she's going to destroy all their lives - in as ridiculous way as possible and by becoming really, really pretty.
For years, women in TV action shows were, shall we say, 'ornamental'. Not often given much by way of character and what they had often revolving around the hero of the show, they were there to be pretty and give the largely male audience something to look at - or to just be secretaries. The heroes? Some were rugged, admittedly, but others could be old and tired, obsese or even one-armed.
Come the 60s, women began to get something to do, thanks to the likes of Cathy Gale and Emma Peel in The Avengers and Honey West in the eponymously named Honey West. What didn't happen for a long while was for men to become the eye candy for female viewers, the add-on to the heroine.
That took the 80s and with CBS's Cover Up, women who had been holding out for a hero finally got what they wanted.
In the US: Tuesdays, 9/8c, Fox. Starts 20th September In the UK: Acquired by E4
There is a law, apparently, than whenever one refers to Zooey Deschanel and in particular her performance in her new Fox sitcom, New Girl, one must describe her as adorable. Am I a law-breaker?
So New Girl sees adorable hipster Zooey Deschanel come home from work early to surprise her boyfriend, only to discover he's cheating on her. She moves out and finds an apartment on Craigslist that's shared by three guys. When they discover most of her friends are models, she's given a quick invite to move in, and before you know it, the adorable, clueless-about-men Zooey is being taught how to pull and date by her new friends as they help her get on her feet again. And in return, they learn a little something about women from her, too.
Is there a big problem with the show? Well, one maybe.
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.