Rebecca (Sarah Allen) and Aiden (Sam Witwer) resist the temptation for human blood.
Being Human (Syfy) – I watched the first season of this UK import and enjoyed it, but never really got invested and the same thing seems to be happening with the US version only much more quickly. I don’t find any of the actors nearly as compelling as their British counterparts, despite the fact that they seem to be using virtually the same scripts as the UK version the action feels completely rushed, and for some reason, the way this show is filmed doesn’t really appeal to my eye. The concept of a vampire, werewolf and ghost living together and helping each other deal with the realities of being a monster in a human world is fun and interesting, but the show really isn’t. It’s dour and just sort of a massive bummer. Also, I find the blood effects worse than sub par. Last night Aiden (the vampire) went on a blood binge with fellow vampire Rebecca and when it was over, they looked like they were covered in finger paint rather than blood. On the plus side, any show that casts Mark Pellegrino as its villain is a winner in my book.
The Bachelor (ABC) – Michelle grosses me out. So much. And on top of it, she’s a total brat and fake and clearly just in it to “win the game”. She doesn’t want to meet someone to spend her life with, she wants to “make Brad fall in love with” her. She’s too aggressive (in a really mean-spirited way) with Brad and the way they kiss is disgusting (mostly because she grosses me out). She gives me the heebie-jeebies and I think Brad deserves better. Because if there’s anything we’ve learned from this season, it’s that Brad is a good guy who deserves a good woman. The way he handled the one-on-one date with Alli was really impressive. He didn’t back down from telling her the truth when he let her go. He didn’t feel the spark with her and he told her just that, instead of being evasive or giving her a rose just to rip the rug out from under her in the next rose ceremony. That kind of honesty has really been lacking in past seasons. Look out future bachelors, Brad has left you big, sensitive, committed shoes to fill.
90210 (The CW) – I don’t know why I watch this show. I don’t really enjoy it that much. I find the stories to be telegraphed and superficial. Even this season’s plot of Teddy coming out was sort of fumbled. Just when the audience was thinking that we were going to get to see Teddy get comfortable with who he is and his new relationship with Ian, the writers turned Ian into the bad guy and left Teddy thinking that being gay is still the curse he sees it as. I think that the storytelling is just a little rushed in some places and a little too slow in others (please, let Adrianna get her comeuppance soon. Her selfishness is getting really really obnoxious). And yet, despite all my complaints, I keep hoping that I’ll tune in one week and this show will either embrace the crazy (a la One Tree Hill) or . . . actually, I just hope they embrace the crazy.
Castle (ABC) – Richard Castle said it best last night: “How many cases have we actually had where there’s a butler as a potential suspect? It would be a crime if he didn’t do it.” Well, the butler turned out to be a thief, but not the murderer of the lotto winner with plenty of enemies. It’s lines like that that make me really love this show. It has a lightheartedness at its center that makes it fun to watch, rather than a chore. All of the characters have chemistry with each other and are really likable. The murders are gimmicky, but not too gimmicky. But mostly, it’s the constant banter that’s fun to watch. The cases are there as a tool to show off who the characters are. The bit last night where Castle was trying to guess what Beckett would do if she won the lottery was great because it was a fun way to learn more about all of the characters. Yes, it was a little cheesy at the end that Castle decided to fulfill Beckett’s lotto dreams and create a scholarship fund in the name of Beckett’s mother, but it was also sweet so I gave it a pass.
Harry’s Law (NBC) – Harry’s Law has much of the same cheerfulness of Castle, but too much indignation to really be enjoyable. It is also peopled with characters who are so ridiculously over the top that I find myself rolling my eyes more than actually watching the show. I like Kathy Bates as Harry and despite my better instincts I like the fact that they have combined a law office and fine shoe store (I like pretty shoes. What can I say?), but this show is little more than a comic strip to me. David E. Kelly is a really talented writer/producer, but his shows have started to become carbon copies of each other, down to the little lawyers winning HUGE lawsuits (in last night’s episode it was Christopher McDonald’s Tommy Jefferson vs. Fast Food) and characters who have a penchant for repeating their own names (Tommy Jefferson again). And as carbon copies, each one is a little less clearly drawn and a little less hard to read. I also think that Nate Corddry and Brittany Snow have been underused so far (and Snow’s backstory last night was pretty heavy handed) which is really unfortunate as both actors are talented and fun to watch. I want to say I’ll stop watching this show, but I won’t. I’ll probably just let it hang around my DVR until I can’t sleep one night.