October 15th, 2008


Two More New Series Killed, Police Baffled

Valentine and Easy Money, two Sunday night programs on The CW, have been put on a 4- to 6-week hiatus. Both series have so far only aired two episodes.

A rep for MRC said the hiatuses were planned to give writers time to catch up on scripts, and crews and casts were informed of the dates on Friday.

Both shows are still on track to fulfill their 13-episode orders, the rep said.

Riiiiiight. Apologies to anyone who was watching either show. Then again, if anyone were watching either show, this wouldn't be an issue.

Valentine looked like an interesting idea, with the Greek gods living in modern-day L.A. Unfortunately, they took it in a Love Boat direction and made it about the gods ensuring "soul mates" find each other, when in fact it would probably have been much more interesting to focus on the gods themselves and what it must be like for them to be living in the modern world, hiding their identities. Seriously, who cares if Gary from Accounting finally gets to go on a date with Linda from Human Resources when you can tell a story about fricking Zeus having to take a job as a valet and resist blasting some snotty rich asshole's head off with a lightning bolt? Come on, people.

As for Easy Money, this story of a loan shark who (gasp!) learns he's adopted was on my original list of new shows you couldn't pay me to watch. Apparently everyone else felt the same way.

In related news, last night's episode of The Mentalist (which, by the way, is in no danger of being canceled) was completely ridiculous. Not the central mystery itself, which was okay, but all the character and gimmick stuff. It's like they still can't get a bead on Patrick Jane. He was the guy from Life in one scene ("I love the beach and I'm going to build an amazing sandcastle!"), Columbo in another ("Quick, if your dead friend were a color, what would it be?"), and the guy from the pilot episode in yet another. Also, they need to start letting the audience in on how his tricks actually work, otherwise we're going to lose interest. The audience wants to feel as smart as Patrick, not as gullible and stupid as the perps he tricks. If they keep not telling us how tricks like the one at the start with Grace's keys work (and not fitting those same tricks into the main plot after including them in the establishing scenes), I suspect the audience will start changing the channel very soon.