We all remember last year when I was ridiculously irked by the pilot episode of “Men in Trees.”
Well, that’s kind of where I’m at with “Private Practice” (Wednesday at 9 p.m. on ABC). I know I’m more angry at the show than I should be. Certainly there are worse new shows this season (hello "Cavemen"). But there are none that are more disappointing. Frankly I’m just so mad at the show for taking some of my favorite actors (Amy Brenneman, Paul Adelstein, and Chris Lowell) and creating such a lackluster series.
About two minutes into the pilot, Addison (Kate Walsh) dances around her new house naked. Ugh. Why, why, why would the series start off like this? It’s a sign of what? Addison’s independence from McDreamy and McSteamy? The start of a new life? The fact that this is what TV producers think women do in “you go girl” moments? And if you are going to dance around your house naked, wouldn’t make sure the shades were down?
That was when I started to get a pit in my stomach. If we have such a trite scene right away, where do we go from here? The rest of the hour plays out pretty much as you would expect. It’s not awful; it’s just not living up to its potential. Audra McDonald is fine as a replacement to Merrin Dungey. But I still wish Dungey were on the show (Faux Francie rocks.) Two and a half stars.
But I want to know what you think of the first episode of “Private Practice.” Am I judging the show too harshly? You must watch and post your thoughts to the TV Gal blog or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m much more thrilled with “Dirty Sexy Money” (premiering Wednesday at 10 p.m. on ABC). Peter Krause stars as Nick George, a lawyer who represents the wealthy Darling family. The pilot introduces us to the eccentric family members (including Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin, and Samaire Armstrong) and sets up a mystery that will play out over the season. Krause (who I’ve been fond of since his days on “Sports Night”) is pitch-perfect as the straight man who must react to all the family’s antics. And Glenn Fitzgerald, as the bitter Darling son Rev. Brian Darling, could be one of the break out characters of the season.
The series is from Greg Berlanti (the man behind our beloved “Everwood” and “Brothers & Sisters), Josh Reims (“What About Brian”) and Craig Wright (who won an Emmy for his work on “Six Feet Under”). So I have high high hopes for this series. Four stars.
After you watch "Dirty Sexy Money" (this is officially the best new title of the season), let me know what you think.
Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal