Monday, June 6, 2011

Two Summer Shows Off the List...

I tried to watch Franklin & Bash and Love Bites and didn't get more than five minutes into either of them. Honestly, I'm not too broken up about it - there are a bunch of shows I'm trying to catch up on over the summer, so I don't need tons of new stuff. But here's where they went wrong for me . . .

Franklin & Bash: I don't demand verisimilitude from my legal shows. I love The Good Wife and even like Fairly Legal. I really liked Raising the Bar, which is why I was trying this one in the first place. But this was just TOO silly, and too unrealistic, and I just couldn't take it.

Love Bites: I hated basically all the characters in the first few scenes. I vaguely considering skipping to the next vignette - it's some sort of "anthology" show - but couldn't really be bothered. The whole vignette business put me off to start with, honestly, because the show's concept was confusing and I don't like the idea of watching something while knowing I shouldn't get attached to the characters.

So, I'm 0 for 2 for new summer shows so far. I'll have some pilot reviews soon, assuming I actually make it through any of the pilots . . .


  1. I agree on Love Bites but I was surprised at how much I liked Franklin & Bash.

    And, you missed Mark-Paul Gosselaar's heinie, which was a good one.

  2. Love Bites could be better, but I kinda liked it.

    Turns out, it's not entirely an anthology show. It's more like a Love Actually sort of thing, with overlapping stories.

    Each vignette connected to the others. In the first one, we focus on a woman starting with a bachelorette party. In the second, we discover that the party was for the fiancee of the guy in this story. Then, in the third, we find that a friend who was phoned in the 2nd piece is the focus of this story, which takes place on the way to the bachelor party.

    At the end of the show, they did show brief scenes from next week - and it's the same characters again.

    I totally understand your call on it. I liked what I've seen so far enough to try it again.