September 25, 2007

IS THEIR LOGO A PHOTO OF DAVID BRODER?:

Slacker Finds His Calling, and It’s a Devil of a Job (ALESSANDRA STANLEY, 9/25/07, NY Times)

When Sam Oliver dropped out of college after one month, his parents were supportive. “We’re very proud of him for trying,” his mother says on the first episode of “Reaper,” on the CW network tonight. “It’s just that college made him sleepy.”

Sam (Bret Harrison) lives with his parents and works at a Home Depot-like megastore called the Work Bench. He has few prospects and even less ambition, which suits his best friend and fellow loser, Sock Wysocki (Tyler Labine), just fine. The universe has plans for Sam, however, and those include sending evildoers to perdition.

It turns out that the Devil makes him do it.

“Reaper” is a hybrid of the movie “Clerks” and NBC’s hit series “Heroes,” and, like “Chuck” on NBC, it defies all the cautionary rules against crossbreeding. Comedy is hard to sustain in an hourlong episode, but “Reaper” mixes supernatural derring-do with deadpan slacker humor. It works, in large part thanks to Mr. Labine, who steals every scene he is in as a Seth Rogen-like sidekick.


Has anyone ever even heard of something called the CW network?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 25, 2007 7:45 AM
Comments

Sure. Independent stations such as WGN-TV in Chicago carry their programs (Smallville, Everybody Hates Chris). Can't vouch for the quality of shows as I haven't seen any of them.

Posted by: Rick T. at September 25, 2007 9:24 AM

I admit it, I watch America's Next Top Model and I plan to watch Reaper. Weep for the Gen Xer among you.

Posted by: Stormy70 at September 25, 2007 9:39 AM

CW is the consolidated network from the old WB and UPN. They took the few good shows from both and axed the rest.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at September 25, 2007 10:21 AM

I liked it better when they called Brimstone and it was on Fox. They buried it on the deadly for
everything but X files Friday.

Posted by: narciso at September 25, 2007 7:14 PM
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