Thursday, October 02, 2008

Sepinwall on TV: 'Easy Money' & 'Valentine' reviews

In today's column, I review "Easy Money" and "Valentine," the first of the new shows to be produced by MRC, the company the CW hired to program their Sunday night lineup. "Valentine" is forgettable fluff, but I was surprisingly interested in the concept of -- if not always the execution of -- "Easy Money."

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

How exactly does this deal with MRC work? Does the CW have the ability to cancel these shows? Or is it solely up to MRC? In the unlikely event one becomes a success, can it be moved to another night? And who was in charge of promotion? Because there's been almost none.

David J. Loehr said...

I wonder how the Valentine Bollywood sequence will compare to the last Bollywood homage Jaime Murray was in, which was the fourth episode of the third series of Hustle. (As I recall, that might be hard to top.)

David J. Loehr said...

Better yet, here's the clip from Hustle.

Alan Sepinwall said...

Hustle one is definitely better. For one thing, it features singing, where the Valentine one is just Bollywood-style dancing to an Indian beat.

Alan Sepinwall said...

Does the CW have the ability to cancel these shows? Or is it solely up to MRC?

Dawn Ostroff says any cancellation decisions will be made jointly between CW and MRC.

No idea what would happen if one of the MRC shows becomes so successful they want to move it to another night. More likely, I think they'd be happy to be getting any traction whatsoever on a night where they've never gotten any viewership.

Anonymous said...

Do you like to call it "Homeboys in Outer Space," or was it called "Homeboys in Outer Space"?

Alan Sepinwall said...

Both.

Nicole said...

The preview of Valentine make it look like Cupid but with a family of Cupids. I don't think it will last for long so hopefully Kris Polaha can reprise his role on Mad Men.

Tracey said...

Eww.... did you have to remind me of Homeboys in Outer Space? I watched the first episode of that out of respect for James "Scotty" Doohan, who had a small part in it ... and then I did everything I could to purge the rotted thing from my memory out of respect for James Doohan. Yikes, that was a low point in the undistinguished history of UPN.