(Check out this fall’s earlier premiere coverage, with Part 1 and Part 2.)
With the first casualties of the fall TV season already announced (a bittersweet farewell, A to Z and Selfie!; you sadly deserved this, Bad Judge!; good riddance to you, the horrible Manhattan Love Story!), and the final new show of the regular season—Katherine Heigl’s State of Affairs—at last having made its debut, let’s take a look at the season’s remaining new shows, and whether or not it’s worth sticking around for their sophomore outings…
Sundays, 10/9c, Showtime
It’s about…that time Manhattan family man Noah (Dominic West) headed to his in-laws’ palatial Long Island estate for the summer and on the way met sultry, haunted waitress Alison (Ruth Wilson). Their subsequent affair will, it seems, shock us, since it leads them to an interrogation room sometime in the future telling their similar-but-very-different sides of the whole tawdry story.
Reason I tuned in: What a stellar cast!
Where’s the love?: Well, the affair, obviously, but both cheating cheaters also seem to really love their respective spouses. Which, since the one is Maura Tierney and the other is Joshua Jackson, just makes sense.
Episode 2 Test: FAIL
Comment: You know what? I’ve seen True Detective, so the whole unreliable narrator/dueling perspectives/mysterious incident under police investigation thing feels derivative, and while the infidelity in question is assuredly intriguing, as is whatever has brought our unfaithful pair to this interrogationized pass, I just don’t think I have the energy to try to work out what the hell is going on week by painstaking week. It’s a good show, though (Showtime has already renewed it for Season 2), and the cast really is amazing—Tierney, Jackson, even the Bunheads alum playing a sulky teen daughter is well-cast, though it must be said that Wilson’s American accent holds up better than her fellow Brit, West’s—so I can see perhaps marathonning it when the summer hiatus is upon us, and/or when there are some imminent answers available.
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