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September 15, 2011

Review: Ringer 1x1

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Sarah Michelle Gellar in Ringer

In the US: Tuesday, 9/8c , The CW
In the UK: Acquired by Sky Living for broadcast this autumn

Twins, huh? Why does there always have to be an evil one?

Ringer, in which former Buffy The Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar plays a pair of twins, one good, one evil, is no different, but slightly cleverly, it's not obvious at first who the evil twin is or who the good twin is.

Bridget is a bad girl. A former stripper and prostitute, she's also an addict who beats up police officers and steals their guns.

Siobhan is a good girl. She has the perfect marriage, lives in luxury in New York and the Hamptons with her English husband (Ioan Gruffudd), and has oodles of cash.

Neither has seen each other in six years. Siobhan hasn't even mentioned Bridget to her husband.

But the thing is, Bridget is actually the good twin. She's on a 12-step programme to recovery from her addiction, she's taken a job as a waitress and she's helping the Feds because she witnessed a murder.

Siobhan? Well, she treats her husband like dirt, she's having an affair, loathes her step-daughter and she's evil, evil, evil.

As Bridget finds out when she gets to New York and ends up taking over Siobhan's life.

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September 9, 2011

Preview: Revenge

Posted on September 9, 2011 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Revenge on ABC

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. 

Here's a trailer.

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September 7, 2011

Preview: New Girl

Posted on September 7, 2011 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

New Girl with Zooey Deschanel

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?

No.

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.

There's way too much singing. Cue the trailer.

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