Ringer spends so much time in various airy apartment spaces that I feel like it should be called Lofter. Just this week we discovered Siobhan and Andrew owned another large piece of property. It’s like we’re watching House Hunters with twins and Titanic-themed parties. Frankly I’m surprised Paige Davis isn’t somehow involved in this series (Trading Spaces reference! Pulled that out of my back pocket!). But I will say that I enjoyed tonight’s episode much more than last week’s crazy, high-pony mess.
Is it me or does Ringer feel like its set in the 1980s? I mean let’s begin with the whole wall-sized photo of Siobhan which, to be fair, I love. Can you imagine if you walked into my apartment and it was just a giant photo of me? Let’s all just pause and think about that for like five secs…okay we’re done. So, also the whole like “We’re living uptown but are buying a loft downtown” feels realz 1980s. Like it feels like a rejected subplot from Wall Street or something.
First of all, I’d like to state that no other TV twins can top Brandon and Brenda Walsh in my heart. But that being said Ringer’s Siobhan and Bridget are probably in my top five. I mean we’ve all missed Sarah Michelle Gellar on television since the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ringer sorta reminds me in fact of that fantastic Buffy episode where there were two Willows: one who was mean/kinda slutty and one who wore a pink sweater with daisy appliqués. But I digress…
The word bubble can evoke fun: taking a bath, drinking champagne, manically popping packing material. But there’s nothing cheery about TV programming ”bubbles” — broadcast shows that are anxiously awaiting their renewal fates. Even the industry’s most successful producers are not immune. David E. Kelley’s legal drama Harry’s Law is considered a long shot for a third-season pickup, despite its ranking as NBC’s second-most-watched scripted show this season (the average rating for the season to date is 8.7 million) after Smash.
There’s a special guest in the April 3 episode of The CW’s Ringer, but this time he’s behind the camera. Star Sarah Michelle Gellar asked her Cruel Intentions director (and pal) Roger Kumble to take on an episode of the hour-long thriller, about plotting twins Siobhan and Bridget (both played by Gellar), and he agreed. ”I’m like human resources for all my friends,” she jokes.
Lots of series have gone F/X-happy this season, thanks to a surge in high-concept shows that demand lavish locales and creatures. Fox’s dinosaur series Terra Nova is the most obvious creator of computer magic, but dramas like ABC’s Once Upon a Time and Pan Am are also relying heavily on effects in ways that viewers may not notice.
RevengeWednesdays, 10 p.m., ABCWhat’s Happened So Far In an elaborate scheme to avenge her dead father, Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) has become the Hamptons’ most lethal social assassin. Along the way, she’s made one very powerful enemy: queen bee Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe).Why It’s Working The show becomes more irresistible with each episode, thanks in no small part to VanCamp and Stowe, who make being bad look incredibly good.
Broadcasters’ most crucial, nail-biting week of the year just wrapped, and the results are in. Several new shows drew large, healthy audiences, from Zooey Deschanel’s Fox comedy New Girl (10.3 million viewers) to Emily VanCamp’s ABC drama Revenge (10 million). The clearest early takeaway is that, contrary to popular opinion, broadcast TV is still kicking. ”The feeling was that broadcast is dead, nobody watches live TV anymore, blah blah blah,” says Fox scheduling head Preston Beckman.
In this neo-noir saga with a trippy twin twist, Sarah Michelle Gellar plays Bridget, an ex-stripper hiding from an FBI agent (Nestor Carbonell) and a mobster (Zahn McClarnon) by posing as her wealthy identical sister Siobhan, whom she believes to be dead. (She’s not.) To sustain her ruse, Bridget must avoid assassination by someone who wants Siobhan dead while also managing complex relationships with Siobhan’s husband (Ioan Gruffudd), stepdaughter (Zoe Deutch), best friend (Tara Summers) and lover (Kristoffer Polaha). (Sept. 13)