ABC, June 3, 10 p.m. ET/PT |
Mistresses is a rather antediluvian term but, short of Additional Shades of Grey, it's not a bad way to sell a melodrama. The word promises seduction, sex and the deliciously naughty prospect of power games, emotional and even physical, between man and woman. Throw in some velvet bed curtains, and we're set. And yet, despite the title, I count only one actual mistress in this disappointingly thin, damp new series. Mistresses is more about the bonds of sisterhood among four unhappy friends (Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan). Well, how fun is that? It's like holding out your hand for a treat and receiving one jellybean and three pebbles. For example, Kim (Lost) is a psychiatrist who had an affair with a patient, but he's dead. This isn't Ghost, so scratch that. Milano, a lawyer whose marriage has stumbled over fertility issues, falls for a coworker and wrings her hands over her infidelity. Her regret is understandable, even commendable, but it borders on self-pity. Only Macallan, as a real-estate broker offered her own pied-à-terre by an amour, has a spark of sexy humor. The rest drown in tears. Ladies, if you can't do the time, don't do the crime.
Princesses: Long Island
Bravo, June 2, 9 p.m. ET/PT |
The Bravo reality raven—it croaks, "More, more, MORE!" - has landed on Long Island. This latest gossipalooza is about a group of Jewish women in their late 20s, single but husband-hunting and still living comfortably with their parents. As a friend notes, such a girl "drives a BMW, shops at Roosevelt Field mall, has a Prada bag, and her mom has big boobs." And, this being Bravo, the girls drink too much at parties and scream enough verbal abuse to collapse a lung. Still, by and large, they all seem to know exactly how to play to the camera and signal they're in on this nonsense (one woman, for instance, asks to be carried out to her car after a pedicure). That gives Princesses a thin but distinct edge.
ABC Family, June 3, 9 p.m. ET/PT |
Executive-produced by Jennifer Lopez
, this is one modern family drama. A cop and her partner, a school vice principal (Teri Polo and Sherri Saum), are raising adopted twins plus the cop's son from a previous marriage (to a fellow cop). Now they're adding to the household, offering a place to a troubled teenage girl (Maia Mitchell) who's likely to disappear into Social Services if they don't help. All sorts of chains from the past are attached to this family - the twins' birth mother is bad news, and the troubled teen's foster father is potentially much worse than that. Somehow the premiere hour fills in all this background without getting lost and - more importantly - with sincerity and sensitivity. Good job.
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Return of the acclaimed reality series about four undaunted, spirited, wheelchair-bound women. Sundance, June 3.
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT
New judge Heidi Klum
(along with Mel B) begins the hard work of sifting through that haystack for one supremely gifted needle. NBC, June 4.
Fans of AMC's moody Seattle crime drama The Killing weren't happy when season 1's murder case ended up taking over season 2. This time, in a new case, fresh evidence contradicts the confession of a convicted murderer. What hasn't changed, and what matters, is Mireille Enos's sodden, unshakable integrity as a detective who could outlast a pack of bloodhounds.
FAMILY BEFORE FAME
You and your sisters Tia and Tamera Mowry were all child actors, but you seem so grounded. How'd you manage that?
There was a time I wasn't acting, and that was by choice. I was like, I want to go to college; I'll come back when I'm ready. It's so important to have strong family around. I still have my core group of friends I grew up with who aren't actors. If need be, they hit me right back down. You need that in life.
Now you're on the second season of Baby Daddy. Are you and the cast close?
They're all my new best friends. Everyone comes to me for everything. I'm like Dr. Phil. Chelsea Kane is like my sister, probably because we both grew up in this business.
Are you loving being an uncle to your sisters' kids Cree and Aden?
It's the most amazing thing ever. I love spoiling them.
Any plans to settle down yourself?
I definitely want a wife and a few kids, but not any time soon. There's just something great about handing the babies off when you're tired!
What kind of reality show does Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson host? Any kind he wants! The Hero is an extreme physical challenge that, in the enjoyably vertiginous pilot, features dizzying rappelling footage. It's also interesting to watch Johnson try to inspire and console on a recognizably human scale - his grand entrance suggests a cross between Donald Trump and a Transformer.
BIG AS TEXAS
You're Tony-nominated for Ann, your one-woman show about Texas governor Ann Richards.
There is such excitement around the show. It has felt like doing a political campaign. I can hardly keep up. I haven't even opened my opening-night presents yet. It's been weeks!
What inspired it?
I had great affection for her. I didn't know her, but when she died I was inconsolable. I thought, "I'll do something creative with my feelings."
Theater is so different from your sitcom.
I was offered that job [just after] my mother died. I was wondering what to do with my life. I thought, "I don't feel I've accomplished much." This feels like a big accomplishment.