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NBC’s Love Bites:  Enjoy it while it lasts

Love Bites

Love Bites - Image courtesy of Channel Canada/Global Television

Note: This review was written by Steve Hatton for Channel Canada and is reprinted here with permission. This review may contain some spoilers.

An advanced viewing of the new, romantic-comedy series Love Bites revealed a few things I wasn’t expecting, things that could either make or break it.  Even though it might be a refreshing change from what is normally seen on television, the pilot’s anthology-style format not only surprised me and left me wondering at times but it also created a few credibility issues.

The one-hour long episode consists of three different stories. Each one is independent from the other except for a few casual references to the preceding story scattered here and there, I guess to make sure that American audiences aren’t completely perplexed as to what is going on. In reality, though, the references are sometimes forced and are just more distracting than anything else.  All told, it felt like I was watching three short films back to back.

The separate plots that make Love Bites unique may also end up being its Achilles’ heel. Viewers are just not used to anthology-style TV and some might be put off by it. Sure, The Twilight Zone and The Honeymooners also had episodes with multiple stories, but those haven’t been on mainstream television in a long time.

In addition, there are a few aspects of the various plots I had a hard time believing. In one of the stories, an accountant finds himself out of a job as the result of a new software capable of doing his work. To make matters worse, he comes home early to find out that his wife has a new vibrator which, apparently, can do the job better than he can.

While the premise that he’s been replaced by a machine in both the workplace and the bedroom is smart, I had a hard time buying that the latter would become more of a preoccupation than the former.  His worries about money are essentially nonexistent.

I also had a hard time believing that his coworker, who was also fired, didn’t jump at an opportunity to take his high-paying job back because he got work as a clerk in a sex shop. Had the story had more time to develop, I might have been able to see it, but instead it seemed contrived solely so that they could quickly move the plot ahead to focus on the love and sex part.

Credibility is also an issue in another storyline featuring Judd (Greg Grunberg), a married guy who contemplates whether or not he will sleep with his all-time favourite celebrity Jennifer Love Hewitt, after he accidentally runs into her on an airplane. As luck would have it, she is on his list of famous people that couples tend to have which allow a spouse to have a free pass, meaning that it wouldn’t even be considered cheating according to his own wife. So just exactly how is this suppose to be a dilemma? I mean, really, how many ways are there to say yes?

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Spoiler alert: A sneak peek at NBC’s Outlaw with Jimmy Smits

Note: This review was written by Steve Hatton for Channel Canada’s Fall TV Preview section.

Jimmy Smits fans are no doubt delighted to see him return to television and while I can’t say that his new show is of the same calibre of L.A. Law or The West Wing, the pilot for Outlaw is pretty decent nonetheless.

Smits is a brilliant actor and his talent shines through in this new NBC drama where he portrays Cyrus Garza, a Supreme Court justice who quits his job to spend more time fighting for the little guy. One of the working titles for the show was Rough Justice, which actually does a better job at describing the show. Outlaw creates the false impression that this is about a fugitive on the run.

But aside from that, the show does have a pretty well-written script. Cyrus comes off looking like a legal expert who can quote laws at any time as if they’re on the back of his hand. The premise is actually believable as we see how there is considerable pressure for Cyrus to send who he believes to be an innocent man to his death, or risk losing his job. He chooses the latter, but not without a dramatic exit and a big speech. He resigns before they have a chance to fire him.

The dialogue is pretty believable and the characters all seem real. He has a few people working for him, including a private investigator, Lucinda Pearl, played by Carly Pope. Lucinda is an unorthodox risk taker who keeps intimidating one of her co-workers, a Yale-educated lawyer named Eddie Franks (Jesse Bradford) with jokes and comments about how he has the hots for her. Continue reading

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Parenthood: The underrated TV drama returns this fall to Citytv and NBC

In spite of a few kinks and a slow start, this could still be one the smartest dramas on television.

Parenthood follows three generations of the Braverman family who are confronted with family related issues. The show stars Peter Krause of Six Feet Under, Craig T. Nelson, of Coach-fame back in the ’80s, and Lauren Graham. If the title sounds familiar, that’s because the show is loosely based on the 1989 movie by the same name, which starred Dianne Wiest and Steve Martin.

UPDATE: Parenthood returns September 14th.

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How does Jay Leno say Montreal?

Watch Jay Leno as he says the name of a Canadian city with a funny American accent.

1992 WPTZ Station ID via YouTube.

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Fall TV schedules 2010

The complete prime time Global, CBC, CTV, /A\, Historia!, CityTV, OMNI, US and other fall schedules all available now, complete with program descriptions.

Among the highlights: The return of Hawaii Five-O (Video Preview).

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NBC Studio Tour at 30 Rockefeller Plaza reveals a dark side

Its purpose is to give tourists a TV history lesson, but the visit has the added side-effect of uncovering some of the industry’s dirty little secrets.

“It’s all about lies and deception,” the tour guide repeated a few times. “Sorry to kill the magic,” she also said at another point, as a group just stood there in front of the very same newsdesk from which the NBC Nightly News is televised. Many were somewhat surprised at how tiny everything seemed in person.

Read more at Suite101.com

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Strangest, most awkward, kissing scene ever

Here’s a video URL link for a sneek preview of the new NBC fall comedy Friends with Benefits. It includes a kissing scene which… Well… Here’s the feedback she got from her date.

You kiss like a thirsty bird…  like a hobo cleaning out a margarine container.

See also NBC Unveils 2010-11 Fall Schedule.

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