Fall TV Preview - Tuesdays
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Anyway, continuing from my previous Fall TV Preview post, let's now talk Tuesdays. Actually, this'll be a very short conversation, since there's only one show to DVR...
9:00-10:00 PM: REAPER (CW)
Definitely the most entertaining pilot out of the new fall shows. Loved the script back in April, love the finished product even more. In the first episode alone, Reaper is already what NBC's Chuck should try to become.
Starring Bret Harrison from the short-lived and underrated comedy, The Loop, the show revolves around his character, Sam, a slacker who finds out on his 21st birthday that his parents sold his soul to the Devil, played perfectly by Ray Wise (Twin Peaks). Sam must now work for the Devil, retrieving souls that have escaped from Hell.
Mixing humor, action, and a sprinkle of heart, Reaper is getting a lot of comparisons to Buffy. I see the obvious similarities, but Reaper seems more like a 20-something slacker comedy, kinda like Clerks (Kevin Smith fittingly directed the pilot), that happens to be set in a supernatural action setting. Whereas Buffy was more of a supernatural action drama that happened to be set in a lighter, high school setting, allowing for small doses of comedy. I'm hoping the main trait Reaper shares with Buffy is staying on-air for many, many seasons.
One of the best aspects about the show is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. When your main character's balancing his job at a retail store with catching demon souls into a Dirt Devil vacuum, you really shouldn't be giving heavy-handed Sorkin monologues. However, Reaper does try a little too hard with the Sam/Andi relationship. Everytime the two share a scene Iron & Wine's "Such Great Heights" cover begins playing in the background. After the fifth time, you start to wonder if the network's just desperately trying to capitalize on the Grey's music formula: slow indie song + relationship scene = viewers making fansites, wallpapers and telling their Nielson-box owning friends.
But hey, at least it's good music. The show does boast a good soundtrack so far. Beck, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Silversun Pickups, etc. A full list of pilot songs will be posted in a Musical Monday post-premiere, but in the meantime, here are some tracks from the pilot you might enjoy:
"Deadwood" - Dirty Pretty Things [buy album] [more tracks]
"Such Great Heights" - Iron & Wine [buy album] [more tracks]
"Lazy Eye" - Silversun Pickups [buy album] [more tracks]
"Henrietta" - The Fratellis [buy album] [more tracks]
If this show seems intriguing to you, check out more videos, including an interview with Kevin Smith, right here. Leave a comment and let me know what you'll be watching on Tuesdays! Should I be watching House? I stopped after Season One...