Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Ex List

I'm terribly behind with reviews of new shows this season. There are fewer than normal because of the writers' strike from earlier this year and honestly I haven't been that taken with too many of them...

The Ex List stars Elizabeth Reaser, who it seems a lot of people disliked when she was on Grey's Anatomy. I don't watch Grey's, so I didn't have that issue and I found both her and her character, Bella, to be likable enough. The show itself is kind of cute as well...the premise is that Bella, a single woman in her early 30s, goes to see a psychic who tells that she has to marry within a year or she never will, and the guy she'll marry is one of her exes. So she goes on this sort of My Name is Earl-High Fidelity type quest to find this guy, and they've made it clear that there's going to be a lot of them. I do kind of wonder what they're going to do about the ones who have moved far away though. And what about the ones that area already married or in relationships? Can she just rule them out automatically? And is the ex that she's sharing custody of the dog with...is he a series regular? If so, wouldn't it be easiest for him to be "the one"?

The premiere was alright, with Eric Balfour as the first ex (I go back and forth between liking and not liking him), but Bella also has a group of friends that I don't think were introduced very well. I don't remember all of their names, and which ones actually live in the house with her? I also kind of find their life situations to be a bit odd. One of them seems to be looking for a job but what do the rest of them do? And I guess this is California, but they all seem to spend an inordinate amount of time sunbathing, and not at the beach, but in the kiddie pool in the yard? And why do Bella and the other women all still dress like they're still in high school? It's all a little weird to me...

So I liked it, but maybe not enough to follow it regularly. It is a nice light option for Friday nights though.

2 comments:

Mira said...

there's ultimate frisbee in the second episode!! My question is where can this show go after one year? Either she finds the ex and gets married or she lives alone, right? So, assuming success in viewership, how would they drag this out? Makes me only expect the worst.

Jennifer said...

Yeah I kind of have a feeling this will be canceled before it can really get resolved. But I assume the plan is to be somewhat slow/ambiguous with the time...