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Is Herc In Love The CW’s New CUPID-y Comedy VALENTINE??

I am – Hercules!!
A romantic comedy from writer-producer Kevin Murphy (“Desperate Housewives”), “Valentine” tells the tale of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and her son Eros (known in Rome, and on ABC, as Cupid), who try to hook people up with their soulmates. The demigod Hercules, titan Phoebe, fire-god Hephaestus and war-god Ares help out as well. Aphrodite is played by Jamie Murray, who assayed the nutty arsonist on “Dexter” last season. Phoebe is Autumn Reeser, formerly Taylor Townsend on “The O.C.” There are only a few asphalt arteries that connect the Los Angeles Basin, where they keep Columbia, Fox and Paramount, to The San Fernando Valley, where they keep Warner Bros., Universal and Disney. A single-lane stretch of Laurel Canyon Boulevard is one of these, and the traffic lights are situated in such a way that it’s often hard to miss the giant sign at the entrance of the real-life Mount Olympus housing development, where the gods depicted in this series now live with their oracle hot-tub. The jokes approach a “Charmed” level of trite, derivative and toothless, the uneven acting cannot compensate, and the characters’ behavior doesn’t make a load of sense. It's not the worst comedy we've seen this season, but it's pretty poor. One remains hopeful “Valentine” will not inhibit the great North American viewing public from sampling Rob Thomas’ fast-approaching remake of “Cupid” when that very similar-sounding project rockets into the primetime fray. USA Today give it one star (out of four) and says:
… giving the show a pass would be a kindness. Badly cast and sadly inept …
The New York Times says:
… I do not ♥ “Valentine.” … Again we have a matriarch on our hands, and this time she is Aphrodite, living in a big spread right out of “90210,” and played by Jaime Murray, who did a great job as a stalker-arsonist on “Dexter” last season, but here is made paradoxically to deliver too-cute dialogue while looking like Joan Crawford in “Mildred Pierce.”
The Los Angeles Times says:
… To say "Valentine" is terrible does not do justice to either the show or the word "terrible." … High jinks ensue, but they are flat and predictable, which is pretty unforgivable considering they're gods and all.
The Chicago Tribune says:
… despite the witty dialogue and capable performances, everything on this wispy show is resolved a little too easily. It's hard not to think that if you've seen one episode of "Valentine," you've seen them all. …
The Washington Post says:
… Like the homeliest puppy in the pound, there's something lovable about this clanky ode to romantic love; maybe it's just that the cast is so determined to put it over, no matter how foolish even the actors might find the material. …
The Boston Globe says:
… The hour is whimsical, but too often self-consciously so, as the gods goof around while working on the cutesy couple of the week. When the gods bring a mortal romance writer into their love business, to help them lure lovelorn people away from their computers, the show loses its way. …
The Associated Press says:
… silly but engaging, with Grace played by British enchantress Jaime Murray (a sensation last season on "Dexter"). All this is reason enough to check it out, though — truth be told — the rest of the cast is pretty second-rate. Too bad. On a TV series, love isn't all you need. …
Variety says:
… one would have to go back to "The Charmings" — about fairy-tale characters living in Burbank — to find a plot this contrived. … Mortals, Danny complains, are constantly creating substitutions for human interaction. Judging from this show, one can hardly blame them. …
The Hollywood Reporter says:
… While the hour is not without its charm, it's just a tad too precious for its own good, so taken with its own lithe coolness that it rather destroys any chance it might have to connect with us on anything greater than a superficial level. … there is nobody straight out of the gate to root for in "Valentine," which presents a bit of a problem when your show is all about personality. Take away the likability factor, and you're left with a rather empty shell of a gimmick that's shimmering and glossy but ultimately substance-challenged. …
8 p.m. Sunday. The CW.

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  • Oct. 5, 2008, 3:10 a.m. CST


    by isther

    For this lame tv show post.. ugh

  • Oct. 5, 2008, 3:30 a.m. CST


    by TroutMaskReplicant


  • Oct. 5, 2008, 3:40 a.m. CST

    I remember seeing that show, The Charmings

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    It was shit.

  • Oct. 5, 2008, 4:48 a.m. CST

    You should have spent your time on SUPERNATURAL, Herc

    by Toby___Wong

    You know you want to.

  • Oct. 5, 2008, 5:21 a.m. CST

    I saw a promo..

    by Yeti

    And that was more than enough, thankyouverymuch.

  • Oct. 5, 2008, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Jamie Murray is hot, but...

    by DerLanghaarige

    Alexandra Tydings was hotter!

  • Oct. 5, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Looks like something Diablo Cody would do.

    by Redfive!


  • Oct. 5, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Guaranteed a full season

    by Ckuouka

    Seriously. The company that produces this bought the time slot, as if it was advertising. They purchased an entire season, so no matter what the ratings are, there will be a however many episodes the MRC wants.<BR><BR><I>CW Loses Edge with Dull 'Valentine' and 'Easy Money' Friday, October 03, 2008 <BR><BR> ValentineSunday night the CW premieres its two newest hour-long shows: the romantic comedy Valentine at 8pm and the financial drama Easy Money at 9pm. Technically, that's not true, since the shows are produced by Media Rights Capital in one of the strangest deals ever in TV, which is why the new CW Sunday night is destined for failure. <BR><BR> In the absurd deal, the CW outsourced programming of Sundays to MRC, deciding instead that it could become a major network by producing just nine hours of original programming per week. <BR><BR> The MRC deal was shrouded in mystery, with CW president Dawn Ostroff refusing to provide details during the summer Television Critics Association press tour. There has been very little promotion of the two major scripted shows, Valentine and Easy Money. This all points to disaster, and it doesn't help that these are two of the dullest new shows of the season. <BR><BR> I desperately wanted to love Valentine. The combination of creator Kevin Murphy, whose previous credits include Desperate Housewives, Reaper and the musical version of Reefer Madness, and co-star Autumn Reeser from The O.C. should be a guaranteed recipe for hilarity. <BR><BR> Unfortunately, it's not. Instead, Valentine feels like a cheaply made rip-off of Charmed. The biggest tragedy is that it's just plain boring. There might be some potential for entertainment if it was a total trainwreck, but Valentine is simply mediocre in every way. <BR><BR> Grace Valentine (Jaime Murray) is the goddess Aphrodite, living on Earth hoping to prove that true love is still real. Along with her children, her mission is to unite happy couples, otherwise her powers become useless and she and her children become mortal. She is aided by her sons who are modern incarnations of Cupid and Hercules, as well as the Oracle of Delphi, who sees peoples' destinies in a magical reflecting pool. <BR><BR> At its best, Valentine amounts to little more than a lesson in Greek mythology. The show is a procedural in which the family takes on a single couple in each episode. Try imaging CSI with an exponentially smaller budget, then replace the corpses with lovers. <BR><BR> If Valentine is the television equivalent of watching grass grow, Easy Money is like watching paint dry. The drama is about a family that owns and operates a small-town money lending business. With stars like Laurie Metcalf and Judge Reinhold, you might expect Easy Money to be somewhat interesting, but it's not. Loans are approved or denied, cars are repossessed and the main character is the prodigal son who wants out. It's as if the creators took the premise of Six Feet Under and decided that what viewers really want is to see the inner workings of small-time loan businesses. <BR><BR> Perhaps the MRC's next show will be about actuaries or statisticians. Like Valentine, the problem isn't that Easy Money is especially awful. If it were, at least it would be interesting to watch. These shows suffer from mediocrity. They're like the two plain donuts – no glaze or frosting, no sprinkles or custard filling, just fried dough. <BR><BR> If you'd like to judge for yourself, I strongly urge you to tune in Sunday to the CW at 8pm for Valentine and 9pm for Easy Money. I have a suspicion that they won't be around long enough for you to get a second chance. </I>

  • Oct. 5, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Murphy also wrote the awesome, awesome play/movie...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...Reefer Madness: The Musical. That's enough for me to tune in.

  • Oct. 5, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Jeremy Piven should sue

    by MilesGloriosus

    He did it 10 years ago, and better.

  • Oct. 5, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Cheap version of Charmed?

    by Big Bad Clone

    Charmed seemed to have a budget of $3.53. The single most expensive thng on that show was the stock footage of San Fransico they used to pad out that thin hour of TV.

  • Oct. 6, 2008, 6 a.m. CST

    I can see the ads now!

    by Photoman

    "Hercules from Aint-it-cool-news says: It's not the worse comedy we've seen this season..."

  • Oct. 6, 2008, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Wait, is this the same Kevin Murphy from MST3K?

    by Photoman

    Or a different one?

  • Oct. 6, 2008, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Hey, I liked Charmed

    by I Dunno

    Sure, I could reproduce all the FX on my desktop but every episode was just an excuse to get Rose McGowan, Alyssa Milano and The Other One into fetish outfits.

  • Oct. 6, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Stop doing talkbacks on shows in the pipe

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    And give us some stuff on Sons of Anarchy, Herc. SAMCRO is really growing on me and a lot of others. Ron Perlman is in a lead role. Why is AICN ignoring this?

  • Oct. 6, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Saw an ad for this and thought it was the new Cupid

    by jim

    But quickly, thanfully, realized my error. I saw it again and it reminded me of The Hulk movie with Thor.<p>Anyone remember the Vanna White TV movie where the played Venus? No? Lucky you.

  • Oct. 6, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by Stimpson J Cat

    Dat Chrizteen lAkn soom pece Of arse,Herd hEr likE fAt doods