Fall TV Press Tour: CBS' New Shows
Elizabeth Reaser by Cliff Lipson/CBS
CBS was the only network this year to provide screeners for all its new shows, which they presented on Friday. Here's my quick take on them. -
Sam (Kyle Bornheimer) tries to impress his future in-laws - with disastrous results.
Meet the Parents
- almost exactly like that, in fact, although it's actually based on a British series.
I found the pilot to be very funny, and Bornheimer's comic timing to be excellent, but I wonder how enjoyable it will be to watch Sam demoralize himself on a weekly basis.
Jacob Hood (Rufus Sewell) is a special scientific advisor to the FBI who lends his particular skills to criminal investigations.
Well, we know what it's not like. "This is a science
show, not a science fiction show," says executive producer Ethan Reiff (who also wrote Showtime's
Well, Jerry Bruckheimer is involved, which is a good sign, but after watching a short preview, all I came away with is that the villain in the pilot is Noonan from
Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) is a former fake TV psychic who now uses his heightened observation skills to work as a private investigator.
If you threw Baker's performances in
The Devil Wears Prada
and USA Networks'
into a blender, you'd end up with this smoothie Patrick Jane. (Get it - smoothie?)
As cop shows go, it seems sharper than most. Baker is charming, and the show has a tart sense of humor.
The Ex List
A psychic tells Bella Bloom (Elizabeth Reaser, who played Ava/Rebecca on
) she has one year to get married, or else she never will. The catch: Her true love is someone she has already dated.
Your worst nightmare. Imagine having to get back in touch with all your exes?
Despite the insane, high-concept, age-of-Google premise, it's cute. Reaser does a great job handling the show's breezy dialogue, and she plays Bella with such approachable exuberance that you will forget her sad turn on