Fall Pilots Preview: Ringer
(With a little over a month until the fall’s crop of new shows hits, now seems like a good a time to start previewing all of the new network offerings. As I’m not a professional critic, I don’t get access to all of the nice, shiny screeners that the pros do, so I’m basing my opinions somewhat on their thoughts as well as on teaser clips that the networks have released. These are very rough thoughts that could very well change once I’ve seen a full pilot. With that in mind, onto the first preview.)
Who: Stars Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Nestor Carbonell (Lost), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), and Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected)
Where: The CW
When: Tuesdays at 9:00 PM (Premieres September 13)
What: The CW’s description via The Futon Critic: Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister – only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind. Bridget is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado, Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm. In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan. Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin, Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life – a life where no one knows that Bridget exists. The sisters seem to be mending their frayed relationship, until Siobhan disappears mysteriously, and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister’s identity. She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan’s best friend, Gemma, and Gemma’s husband, Henry. And when someone tries to kill Bridget in her sister’s penthouse, she realizes she is no safer as Siobhan than she is as herself.
Jeremy Likes TV’s Thoughts: I was in from the words “Sarah Michelle Gellar.” As a diehard Buffy fan, I’m all in on anything that Gellar does. From those who have seen it, Ringer sounds tonally different from anything else on The CW which is likely a product of being under development with CBS before that network passed on picking it up. It’s a very high-concept, adult premise that seems like it would be difficult to maintain, but Gellar’s presence more than anything else will cause me to give this one a lot of slack. Plus, it sounds like it could be fun trash TV. Frankly, this is one of the shows that I’m most looking forward to this fall.
Chances It Gets A Full Season: 90%
Recommendation: Thumbs up, unless you’re a Gellar fan in which case you were probably already going to watch this regardless of how good or bad it may be.
Other Reading About Ringer :
The Futon Critic