Picks and Pans Review: Can These Shows Be Saved?
Five deserving series-both proven and struggling-that need to change course
1. PAN AM
The launch episode of ABC’s new retro-’60 series was enjoyably airheaded, but the attempt to work in issues of the era-such as Haiti under Papa Doc-has been dull and heavy-handed. Fix More emphasis on the flirtatious old “Coffee, tea or me?” theme.
This season the FOX groundbreaker is more like Glum. The music has lost its pop, and the ups and downs of the choir kids are getting repetitive.
Break a leg-a lot of legs-and replace the cast of students.
3. A GIFTED MAN
The CBS drama about a surgeon haunted and inspired by his dead ex-wife had a brilliant pilot-clinched by Jennifer Ehle’s beautiful performance as the ghost. Now she’s a spectral afterthought, with lines like, “I was as scared of death as anyone, but hey, look at me now.”
Is there such a thing as a reverse exorcism? If so, perform one.
The CW drama that brought back Sarah Michelle Gellar as twins hasn’t been exploiting its central gimmick: Sarah 1 (mean) dawdles in Paris as Sarah 2 (nice) scrambles around Manhattan. They’re more like matching bookends.
Increase the effects budget and reunite the Sarahs. Or add a triplet.
Showtime’s hit about serial killer Michael C. Hall has grown weirdly, sincerely sentimental, with Dex a sweet, doting dad to his little son Harrison. I’m expecting A Very Dexter Christmas.
Social Services should place the boy with a better family. Maybe a ring of car thieves.