3 items from 2009
It’s hard to make a decent western film these days. For period pieces, whether they are set 50 years in the past or the future, the issues of costumes and continuity become a huge burden and threaten the films overall quality. With every good western we see there are dozens upon dozens that go straight to DVD with nothing to set them apart from the droves. The Gambler, The Girl and the Gunslinger bypassed both steps and went straight to TV, yes folks, this is a direct-to-tv movie making its DVD debut. Now, I’m not so elitist as to immediately look down on a film for being made for the small screen but that really doesn’t matter since the movie has so many issues anyways.
After you’re done applauding the writers or marketers for their stunning use of alliteration on the title, you can begin to understand »
- Lex Walker
Revolving around a young slacker whose parents have sold his soul to the devil, Reaper showcases the talents of actors like Bret Harrison, Tyler Labine, Rick Gonzalez, Missy Peregrym, Ray Wise, Andrew Airlie, Valerie Rae Miller, Donavon Stinson, Christine Willes, Allison Hossack, Ken Marino, and Jessica Stroup.
Once expected to be a breakout hit of the 2007-08 season, the series averaged just 2.7 million viewers and a 1.2/3 rating/share of the 18-49 demographic. It was renewed for a second year but the network delayed it until mid-season and then scheduled it opposite American Idol.
Initially, the show did pretty well but then the numbers began to erode. As a result, the CW network has terminated the series after two short seasons. »
A few months ago, the CW announced that Reaper would return on March 17th at 9pm. They've now announced that the show will return even earlier, on March 3rd at 8pm. Great news, right? More than likely it's a nail in the show's coffin.
Reaper centers around Sam Oliver (Bret Harrison), a slacker who works at a home-repair superstore alongside friends Sock (Tyler Labine) and Ben (Rick Gonzalez). Sam's life gets turned upside down when he learns that his parents sold his soul to the devil (Ray Wise). As a result, he has to work as a bounty hunter to recapture evil souls. This puts a serious crimp in his efforts to date his crush, Andi (Missy Peregrym). Others in the series include Andrew Airlie, Donavon Stinson, Valarie Rae Miller, Christine Willes, Allison Hossack, Ken Marino, Jessica Stroup, Colby Johannson, Michael Ian Black, Kandyse McClure, and Eriko Tamura.
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3 items from 2009
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