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Wednesday, September 23, 2009: Eastwick

by Angel Cohn September 23, 2009 6:00 am
Wednesday, September 23, 2009: <i>Eastwick</I>

I'm not sure exactly what you are looking for in a television show, but I'm pretty sure that it isn't this. I enjoyed the heck out of The Witches of Eastwick when I was younger, but it's already had one failed attempt at a TV version, so I'm not sure why they felt the need to try again. I like Rebecca Romijn probably as much, if not more, than the next girl (I sat through every single episode of Pepper Dennis), but this one is going to be tough for me. She's perfectly fine on this show, but the characters are terribly written. I don't particularly care for either of the other female leads, showkiller Lindsay Price (late of Cashmere Mafia) or Jamie Ray Newman (who has been driving me crazy on Eureka), but I know that they do have their loyal fans. Still, the show is a bit blah after the first episode, and given that the subject matter being dealt with is witches and the devil, you'd think it'd be more exciting.

Instead, it is sort of a Desperate Housewives wannabe that just happens to feature three women with special magical abilities, like Charmed. If the dialogue were better, or even the guy playing Darryl Van Horne were more intimidating, I'd be a little more optimistic that it would get better. Sadly, my longstanding love of Paul Gross from his days on Slings and Arrows isn't enough to warrant my making a return visit to Eastwick. Neither is the promise of seeing now belly buttoned stomach muscles of Kyle XY's Matt Dallas, who is Romijn's boy toy on the show, or watching the quirky Sara Rue, who really should have had a better career.

Still, I suppose something wicked this way comes, or whatever, but I really hope that doesn't plan on staying for very long.

If you are a glutton for punishment, or a die hard fan of the movie with an avid curiosity, the show airs at at 10 PM on ABC, but there are other options.

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