Monday, July 14, 2008

Sepinwall on TV: 'The Cleaner,' 'Saving Grace' reviews

Today's column reviews tonight's return of "Saving Grace" and tomorrow night's debut of "The Cleaner" on A&E:
The new A&E drama series "The Cleaner" (Tuesday at 10 p.m.) opens with a title crawl explaining that its hero, "extreme interventionist" William Banks (Benjamin Bratt), is "not a cop. He's not a superhero. He's just a man with a Calling."

The disclaimer seems designed to distinguish "The Cleaner," which travels in a grimy world filled with junkies, dealers and thieves, from the eleventy billion cop shows on the air right now. But at its heart, the show is just as much of a police procedural as your average "CSI" spin-off, albeit with a hair more emphasis on character.

In that way, it's not dissimilar to TNT's "Saving Grace," which returns tonight at 10. Both feature damaged heroes battling addictions and demons (Banks is a veteran of multiple 12-step programs, while Holly Hunter's Grace drinks, smokes and sleeps with the wrong men far too often), and both don't seem to trust that character alone will get people to watch.
To read the full thing, click here.

Haven't decided yet whether I'm going to individually blog either episode over the next two nights. Based on my press tour load -- Fox shows up today, beginning the busier broadcast network portion of the tour -- I would tend to doubt it, so feel free to use this post to discuss either one after they air.


Anonymous said...

Sure wish I could meet a trust fund baby with a sex addiction. If it had to be Grace Park, well, so be it!

Anonymous said...

The problem is that Benjamin Bratt KNOWS he's pretty, and acts like it too. I've never gotten that from Gil Bellows. Going way back to L&O BB has always emitted a superiority thing. I've never liked him in anything.

Anonymous said...

Well, I saw it last night and really wanted to like it, however, you could smell the stink through the television. Poor Bratt is all I can say, he's just too good for this kind of tripe. Talking to God every five minutes, not my idea of good television.

Anonymous said...

i couldnt agree more with what you guys are a former addict that was hoping to be entertained (or maybe even inspired) but i ended up being sorely disappointed....maybe being on drugs makes the show better?