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SECOND TIME AROUND (Mondays, 9:30-10:00 pm, ET/PT) Real-life couple Nicole Parker and Boris Kodjoe celebrates the joys of a second try at marriage to each other, and the hope is they will get everything right this time around. Of course, if that happened, we wouldn’t have this show. Parker and Kodjoe are good actors who happen to be two of the most beautiful people I’ve ever seen, and even though they try a little too hard in the pilot I saw, their chemistry elevates the uneven material. I also had a small problem with how the storyline deals with lying in the pilot; even sitcom couples shouldn’t be able to get away with this nonsense. If the show finds its stride, and I hope it does, there is a place for sophisticated adult comedy done right, and you have to applaud UPN for recognizing that and trying to fill the void. MAYBE

VERONICA MARS (Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00 pm, ET/PT) Newcomer Kristen Bell plays a teenage private eye juggling high school with solving mysteries in the wealthy Southern California seaside town where she lives with her dad, who used to be the sheriff before he busted the wrong bigwig. No blue roadster, no Ned, no Bess and George, but darn it, you can’t have everything. This Nancy Drew is appealing but a little bit of a know-it-all, who talks and acts like an adult writer might think a smart high school private eye might behave…if there actually was such a person. Don’t know who’s going to watch it, and the whole time I was viewing it I wondered if they ever considered calling it OCI? MAYBE…MAYBE NOT

KEVIN HILL (Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00 pm, ET/PT) It’s all about Taye Diggs. He is the reason to watch this drama with a less-than-novel premise. The convincing Diggs plays a hotshot entertainment lawyer whose world is turned upside-down when he is suddenly faced with raising the infant daughter of a cousin who suddenly dies. (Not too many people saw the Kate Hudson film “Raising Helen,” but if you did, yeah, it’s basically the same plot) The whole baby thing is handled rather abruptly and unbelievably in the pilot…a high-priced lawyer flies home economy with the kid? Please… Diggs leaves the high-pressure law firm for what he thinks will be a simpler, flex-time boutique law practice – owned and staffed completely by women, including Michael Michele. He gets help with the baby from a gay nanny (not a commando), played by the always pitch-perfect Patrick Breen, but most importantly, he gets help being a better man from everyone in his new life. WORTH IT / Issue 40 - September 2018
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