Tuesday, July 15, 2008

TV: CW's new series "Valentine, Inc."

It might be too early to say, but it looks like there's a recycled new trend in television. Alicia Silverstone, as well as many others, have attempted to grab viewers with shows based on a search for romance before. But her series, "Miss Match," tanked. However, it's been a few years and viewers have accepted CBS's "How I Met Your Mother," where a guy spends every episode explaining how he met his wife, so I guess there's hope. Hollywood execs are certainly not giving up on the concept.

We already have CBS's "The Ex List" set for the Fall season and a "Cupid" revival lined up for the future. Now The CW's jumping on board with "Valentine, Inc." I know, it sounds tacky, but I'm excited for one reason only. I really liked ABC's "Miss Guided." Not only because Judy Greer is hilarious, but because her love interest, played by Kristoffer Polaha (above), was sooooo cute. Needless to say, I was pretty bummed when they prematurely canceled the series. Luckily, Greer has two new flicks in the bag and Polaha has been cast in this new series, along with Autumn Reeser ("The O.C.") and Robert Baker (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Leatherheads).

Unfortunately, the plot might be a bit much to stomach. The premise is that Aphrodite and her son Eros (Polaha) have come to Earth to start a matchmaking business. I'm not sure why, but Baker will play Hercules and Reeser will play the Goddess of the Oracle at Delphi...in a modern way. Now, if you're familiar with the plot of the 90s series "Cupid" that's being revitalized with Bobby Cannavale in the lead, then you know that it's nearly the same concept. The only differences are that the main character is referred to as Cupid instead of the Greek version Eros, he came down alone, he's not really trying to hide his identity, people think he's crazy, and he doesn't advertise his abilities on a commercial scale. But, overall, it's the same damn show. This seems like it's doomed to fail like all the others have.

What do you think?

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