Picks and Pans Review: The Heights
Here is a drama about a comely bunch of guys and gals who are a struggling rock group by night and blue-collar workers by day.
There's the long-haired garage-mechanic lead singer (Shawn Thompson), who disconcertingly looks 10 years older than the rest of the group. He's supported by a sax player (Hull High's Cheryl Pollak) who works at a beer distributorship; a bass player (Alex Desert of The Flash) who works at his dad's pool hall; a drummer-plumber (Ken Garito); the obligatory rich girl (Charlotte Ross of Days of Our Lives), who strums along on acoustic guitar; and a keyboard player (Zachary Throne). Then there's the new kid, a sensitive poet and singer (James Walters) who is a produce clerk.
The drama is clumsy and over-baked and the plotting implausible. For instance, this group is supposed to be a scruffy cover band, banging around old soul tunes. Then Walters (who in real life is Drew Barrymore's boyfriend) walks in with some words scribbled on a page, and two minutes later, they're playing a polished radio-ready original tune that sounds like the work of Corey Hart or Richard Marx or some other Top 40 star.
Still, an energetic cast and the musical setting combine to make this silly show watchable.