Picks and Pans Review: The Ex List

updated 10/06/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/06/2008 01:00AM

CBS, Oct. 3, 9 p.m. ET

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COMEDY DRAMA
Elizabeth Reaser, best known as that strange Rebecca Pope/Ava the Ferry Crash Victim on Grey's Anatomy, is like the budget version of Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker: Both strikingly if not quite conventionally beautiful actresses, they create female characters who have a perverse gift for causing serious man trouble. Reaser, unlike Parker, doesn't seem to be sorting through a wriggling world of inner conflicts, but her smile is uneasy, and she can give off a vibe of being out of sorts and out of place. She's no cookie-cutter TV actress, and for that we should be grateful.

Here she plays Bella Bloom, a florist who tries to find her true love by seeking out all her old boyfriends: One of these and no other, a psychic has told her, is destined to be her mate. In the premiere, in which Bella goes after a drippily sensitive singer whose heart she once broke, she's dreamy, enchanting, manipulative, annoying and occasionally so stupid you want to smack her with a calla lily. But is she boring? Not for a second.

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