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Based on the Kim Gatlin novel "Good Christian Bitches," “GCB” was created for ABC by sixtysomething screenwriter Robert Harling (“Steel Magnolias,” “Soapdish,” “The First Wives Club,” “The Evening Star”). It’s executive produced by Darren Starr, who developed Candace Bushnell’s “Sex and the City” for HBO.
I will say I like “GCB” a good better than “Desperate Housewives,” the show it seemed destined to replace.
It’s about a Santa Barbara-based former mean girl named Amanda who has to move in with her rich mom in her old (shudder!) Dallas neighborhood after her Ponzi-scheming husband leaves her in financial ruin. Yes, it’s another series employing – like “Damages,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Two Broke Girls” before it – a Bernie Madoff surrogate. TV writers love that guy.
Though Amanda’s mother is loaded and generous, Amanda ends up waitressing in a Hooters-esque establishment as the former objects of her torment look on.
The series stars a clutch of swell actresses, among them Leslie Bibb (“Zookeeper”), Annie Potts (“Designing Women”), Kristen Chenoweth (“Pushing Daisies”), Miriam Shor (“Swingtown”) and Marisol Nichols (“24”).
Potts’ character is the best thing about the pilot, and the real reason to watch. If every character on the series was as entertaining I could count myself a fan -- but too much of the enterprise is sillier than it is funny.
… supplies a tedious array of shrieky moments, dumb stereotypes and unearned sentiment. …
… I'm still not sure how much I would enjoy those early "Housewives" episodes if I went back to watch them today, but I know that I cringed through nearly every minute of "GCB."
... there are some funny lines and a lot of designer shoes, décolletage and choir practice. ...
... A potentially funny setup, if the women were not such oddly antiquated sendups. ...
... a welcome heir to "Desperate Housewives" … The humor-impaired and those who are blind to hypocrisy should probably stay away. But for everyone else, "GCB" offers surprisingly clever dialogue and winning comedic performances. …
… Really, ABC? Really? … one reason it's not good is that it's not really very bitchy - just annoying. …
… Even as a work of harmless vapidity, “G.C.B.” has a difficult time enlivening its oversimplified premise. … The “Sex and the City” moment overstayed its welcome, and with any luck it accidentally offed itself with a dreadful 2010 movie sequel, which critic Lindy West, writing in Seattle’s Stranger newspaper, compared to watching “a home video of gay men playing with giant Barbie dolls.” … just another sorry exercise in watching allegedly adult women behave horribly toward one another. …
... Truthfully, a little bit of this fun farce may go a long way. (As someone who hasn't been a "Desperate Housewives" regular for many seasons, I can predict my own short-term fascination with "GCB.") …
... Oh, there’s hugging. And life lessons learned. Ugh. Please, not on a Sunday night. Makes me want to watch a marathon of Starz’ bloody “Spartacus: Vengeance” On Demand to wash the treacle out of my eyes.…
… Alas, it doesn’t add up to the most entertaining result, given the promise of the cast and creative minds involved. …
... the show pushes so hard to be wacky and fun, you end up feeling more bruised than entertained. ...
... Yep, there’s not a whole lot of subtlety in GCB, but there isn’t supposed to be. Created and written by Robert Harling, the show mixes the Texas lifestyle, Christianity, sex, riches, envy, revenge and sass into a sprawling, larger-than-life drama. ... here’s nothing held back. The sex jokes are over the top, the Bible-quoting and church-related issues are prevalent, and every character but Amanda seems like a stereotype …
… will need a lot more meat on its bones if these 'horns are going to hook 'em.
“Missing” stars Ashley Judd as a MILF and former CIA superspy who finds herself chasing and beating up overseas bad guys in an effort to find her kidnapped teen. It was created by screenwriter Gregory Poirier (whose credits include “Gossip,” “See Spot Run,” “Tomcats,” “A Sound of Thunder,” and the 2010 Jackie Chan vehicle “The Spy Next Door”).
It plays like it was pitched as a distaff “Taken,” and it comes off a lot like “Alias,” only without the sci-fi, comedy, cool plot twists and interesting characters. (It also evokes slightly NBC’s short-lived Bad Robot effort “Undercovers” -- only with an ex-agent who owns a flower shop instead of a catering business.)
... So what we have here is your basic Ashley Judd thriller grafted onto the plot of “Taken.” It's not deep, but it offers exactly what it promises: action, lots of fierce emoting by Judd, and frequent reminders that while Ashley Judd is an ex-spy looking for her son across various beautiful European landmarks, she's also a mother whom women 18-49 who enjoy "Modern Family" and "Grey's Anatomy" might enjoy having coffee with.…
... isn’t a particularly good show. The dialogue is mostly wooden, and the plot, through two episodes, is standard spy-story stuff. It doesn’t try for anything like the juicy excess of “Revenge,” and it has no sheerly enjoyable performance like Gabriel Mann’s as that show’s needy billionaire. But it has its pleasures and grace notes, like those practical yet impractical sandals, or Becca’s taking time out from grilling her son’s Italian girlfriend to lecture her about the evils of smoking. …
... Unfortunately, Ashley Judd is not Liam Neeson, nor is she Angelina Jolie, and the most promising aspect of the show — Sean Bean as her husband and CIA colleague, Paul — appears to get killed off quite early. … She can say, "I'm not a spy, I'm just a mother looking for her son" as often as she wants (and she does, with wearisome regularity), but since Judd makes it so difficult to engage with her character, Becca's quest becomes less, rather than more, emotionally evocative. What viewers are left with, then, are some excellent fight and chase scenes, an outstanding supporting cast (who, alas, only highlight the main character's deficiencies) and a lot of truly beautiful location work.
... I’m all for suspending my disbelief, but “Missing” wants me to take my disbelief, put it in a rocket and send it to Jupiter. Judd is a talented actress, but I just can’t buy this Muay Thai momster who goes around head-butting trained killers. … The acting is solid, the scenery is appealing and Becca’s quest to find her son provides a fair bit of dramatic tension. But what’s really missing is credibility.
... Sloppy in its details and overwrought in its dialogue, ABC’s “Missing” is like a bad Lifetime movie blown up into a weekly series. …
… somewhat preposterous, but not in the way you might expect … If U.S. and European intelligence is as inefficient as portrayed here, we're all in big trouble. But watching the show, you tend to go along with the story because Judd is so compelling and because director Stephen Shill paces the action like mini-"Bourne Identities" - lots of quick cuts, loud fight scenes and jerky camera angles. …
... fairly stylish and almost gleefully trite … prefers action at points where it could really stand to slow down and build out a slightly more creative story. It’s the very definition of a guilty-pleasure series, which ABC is getting good at, but it’s also a reminder of how far we’ve fallen since the more complex “Alias” days. …
... Judd, who serves as series co-executive producer, makes for a surprisingly convincing action hero. It’s when she stops to emote in full mommy mode that the show drags. …
… It may not be groundbreaking, but for Judd fans, Missing isn't the worst way to lose an hour.…
... a supremely silly series that takes itself incredibly seriously ... Let's just say that no matter how fast Becca runs, most of the time you'll still be ahead of her. …
… Eventually, Missing stops demanding that it be taken so seriously. Your eyes are in for a treat, and Judd grows on you. Some of the hokey plotting fades into the background after that. … If you want an hour of escapism and entertainment each week -- and why wouldn't you? -- credit ABC for making an hour disappear into thin air.
Put simply, "Missing" is a gender-swapping version of "Taken," the cathartic thriller in which a young girl's abduction unleashed her father, played by Liam Neeson, to kill everyone until she's rescued. Yet if the movie represented a 90-minute exercise in economy, the new ABC drama promises to stretch a mother's quest over 10 episodes, without much in the way of wit or surprises. Ashley Judd plays the former CIA operative seeking her son -- think "Alias" a couple of decades later -- but while the kid's lost, the first two hours make a poor case for the show being found. …
The latest ABC hourlong from writer-producer Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” “Off The Map” and the 2002 Britney Spears vehicle “Crossroads”), “Scandal” follows Olivia Pope, a former White House communications director whose D.C. firm manages crisis. It stars the gorgeous Kerry Washington (“For Colored Girls,” “The Details,” “A Thousand Words”) as well as Tony Goldwyn (“Ghost”), Henry Ian Cusack (“Lost”), Joshua Malina (“The West Wing”), Darby Stanchfield (“NCIS”), Bellamy Young (“Dirty Sexy Money”), Guillermo Diaz (“Weeds”) and Katie Lowes (“Super 8”).
The pilot features two storylines, both profoundly dopey. One involves a White House intern who may or may not have had an affair with the U.S. President and refuses to resign her position. The other involves a decorated soldier and Republican political hopeful who may or may not have killed his girlfriend.
Pope keeps telling people over and over again she got to be the best in her field because her “gut is never wrong.” But her gut is proven wrong IN THE VERY FIRST EPISODE. Her “gut,” in fact, nearly gets somebody killed (a somebody who in no way deserves to be killed), and five minutes later she’s bragging to a co-worker about how awesome her gut is. Yikes!
“Scandal” feels like a Shonda Rhimes show. It’s full of long, earnest, cliché-riddled speeches and soapy sexual shenanigans and fourth-rate banter. The acting is uneven. (Diaz does the best he can; Malina is wasted.) If you like Shonda Rhimes shows you may like this one. I assure you it is not for me.
... formula doesn't always work (insert memories of your least favorite "Grey's" story arc here), but when it does, Rhimes is as successful at tugging for the heartstrings as anyone in the business. And because of her and Washington, I'll give "Scandal" some time …
... This is “The West Wing” as seen by Ms. Rhimes, not Aaron Sorkin. Instead of witty banter and wonky politics this drama offers meaningful monologues and lots of sex and romance. …
... The baby in the box tells you all you need to know about "Scandal" — realism will bend to the reveal every single time. … Everything in "Scandal" is perfect; the trench coat, the offices, the politically correct subplots, the baby in a box — and perfect quickly stops resonating with those of us who are not. …
… There's a lot of Rhimes' "Grey's Anatomy" formula at work here, and that's not a bad thing. To enjoy the show, though, you really have to suspend disbelief at many points, just as you do with "Grey's." There are moments when the frenetic drive for cleverness prompts some rather silly decisions about plot points. …
... deliciously dumb … stylish, hammy, sexy, dirty, devilish, laughably bad TV …
... the best new show of spring. …
... The central character — Olivia Pope, a crisis management specialist treated here as Savior of the Western World — is as grating and ridiculous a creation as ever dragged down a TV show. Then add in a charm-free, strident star turn by Kerry Washington, who plugs into every self-important bit of congratulatory excess the other characters feed Olivia when she should be deflating or deflecting them. … There's another factor: The dialogue, from Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, amplifies past the point of tolerance everything people love and loathe about Grey's chatter, from jokey repetition ("I am the law, the law is me") to grandiose verbosity: "I'm a gladiator in a suit. That's what you are when you work for Olivia. You're a gladiator in a suit. Do you want to be a gladiator in a suit?" You feel compelled to shout "no." …
… While Shonda Rhimes' dramas seldom traffic in understatement, the "Grey's Anatomy" creator has traded a scalpel for a meat cleaver in "Scandal," which with its Washington, D.C. setting, exaggerated situations and overblown politics, feels like "'The West Wing' for Dummies." As usual, Rhimes' workplace characters talk very fast, but the manic visual style can't obscure a series flawed on most every level: The plot twists are predictable, when not ridiculous; the moralizing is heavy-handed; and star Kerry Washington -- while beautiful -- suffers from a serious gravitas deficit, in a show that too frequently lurches toward camp. …
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June 12, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST
Unfortunately that show isn't my cup of tea.
June 12, 2012, 2:25 a.m. CST
not that january 28th bullshit they did with season 1
June 12, 2012, 4:12 a.m. CST
by Toby Wan
and then it was canceled. Seems America figured out that it sucked and quit watching it.
June 12, 2012, 6:48 a.m. CST
look at the reviews for the boxset and you will clearly see that its a horribly put together set that scratches the discs. But at that cheap a price, if this is something you really want, it may not be so bad. And do a little more digging to see if maybe the idiots that manufactured it came up with some kind of remedy to fix it (I highly doubt it).
June 12, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST
When I saw the deal, at first I was like :) <br> Then I saw DVD and not Bluray <br> Then I was like :( <br> Syfy really sucks for cancelling the SG series. Those were some great shows.
June 12, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST
by Son of a Butch
This deal is the best you're ever going to get. But yeah, that box while nice looking on the outside, will scratch your discs up if you're not really careful about handling them.
June 12, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST
The rest was mediocre "mad-scientist with an attitude" stuff.
June 12, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST
by Rebel Scumb
Seems odd that they haven't. Only seasons 7 and 8 are available in blu-ray.
June 12, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST
24 will be on blu eventually, so fuck this DVD bullshit. They are just trying to milk that as much as they can before Blu.
June 12, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST
by hank henshaw
They could do that with Star Trek because that show has a (larger) fanatical fanbase that will buy anything and everything ST-related at any price. One show I think deserves the Blu-Ray treatment (with effects upgrades if possible) is The X-Files. At least the first 5 seasons. It will never happen though, because re-editing it all in HD is cost prohibitive, but most importantly FOX and Carter pissed 95% of fans away.
June 12, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST
June 12, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST
Amazon says that they are 1.33:1 The previous set had the original widescreen ratios.
June 12, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST
hank henshaw, yeah Chris Carter confirmed no blu-ray for X-files. But 24 does not need to be upgraded, most seasons were broadcast in HD, it's just a matter of whether FOX feels its worthwhile to release it
by Rebel Scumb
June 12, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST
I have a feeling if the Jack Bauer movie ever gets made, they will do the 24 blu-rays for cross marketing
by Rebel Scumb
Similar to how the Trek blu-rays came out around the same time as the Abrams Trek
June 13, 2012, 4:47 a.m. CST
Fuck you for judging me.
June 13, 2012, 6:05 a.m. CST
Must own now. Gahd that show was hilarious.
June 13, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST
by angry kitty
My life is complete.
June 13, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST
September 4, the perfect time to release "Person Of interest" on DVD and Blu-ray........................................
Gives all the fans a couple of weeks to rewatch season 1 before season 2 starts. Thank You, Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 13, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST
the REM theme song? When it syndicated, it was changed.
June 13, 2012, 11:05 p.m. CST
I noticed that too. The 40th anniversary set has them at 2.35:1. I wonder if this 1.33:1 is correct. Why would they have anything other than widescreen on Blu-ray anyway?
June 13, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST
And see if they have the set and what it says the ratio is.
June 14, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST
I bought the "PotA" set from this post, and I can confirm they are all "Widescreen - 2.35:1".
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