Some critics have scolded the WB's new father-son drama Everwood which debuted last night following the season premiere of 7th Heaven of pouring on the sugar a little too thick. Monday's mostly positive TV Guide Online review accused the series of being a "bit excessive and sentimental," but USA Today went a step further, saying it features "every sappy TV cliché" under the sun (read: ghosts, narrators, eccentric townsfolk oh my!)
Not surprisingly, Everwood's leading man Treat Williams, who plays a big-time doc trying to reconnect with his son, scoffs at the namby-pamby charge. "I've seen some shows on TV that I think are impossible to watch," he tells TV Guide Online. "On the contrary, Everwood allows itself to be emotional not sentimental.
"What saves it from being schmaltzy is that the rage and the anger [the father and son] have towards each other is very real," adds the real-life father of two. "This is an extremely imperfect relationship, and more real than I've seen."
Of course, Williams who admits to being a bit maudlin himself may not be the best judge of what qualifies as Mush-See TV. "I'm a big Frank Capra fan, so your definition of schmaltzy might be different than mine," he says. "I like It's a Wonderful Life. I like films that really celebrate the goodness in people. I hope that's what Everwood will do."