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TV Preview: Ringer (CW)

Starting today, there’s a new section on Swear I’m Not Paul, focusing on TV. I’m a massive fan of television, and I especially like being introduced to new shows. So for the next while, I’m going to preview some of the new US Fall TV Schedule, starting with CW’s new Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) vehicle starting tomorrow night in America.

Ringer
CW, Tuesdays, 9 ET/PT, starts September 13

Plot Summary:
“Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister – only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind. Bridget is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado, Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm. In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan. Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin, Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life – a life where no one knows that Bridget exists. The sisters seem to be mending their frayed relationship, until Siobhan disappears overboard during a boat trip, and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister’s identity. She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan’s best friend, Gemma, and Gemma’s husband, Henry. And when someone tries to kill Bridget in her sister’s penthouse, she realizes she is no safer as Siobhan than she is as herself.”

For:
Buffy’s back. That should be enough to draw in many viewers, especially on the CW, which doesn’t have as big a viewership as the main network channels (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC). Think of it like the UK’s Channel 5, where Big Brother can be successful even if it has only half the viewers of the old Channel 4 version. Shows on the CW tend to get renewed again and again, so this could be around for a while on the home of Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Smallville, and the Vampire Diaries.
As well as SMG, Ringer has a great cast: Nestor Carbonell who played Richard Alpert inLost and the Fantastic Four’s Mister Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd). Plus Sarah Michelle Gellar has two parts, at least in the pilot anyway.
It won the Most Exciting New Series award at the 2011 Critics’ Choice Television Awards if that means anything.

Against:
CBS turned down the show, and it was then snapped up by the CW. If it wasn’t good enough for one of the bigger channels, will it be worth watching at all?
The premise doesn’t seem all that original, and it seems to be banking on the name of its lead rather than anything else. And really, what has Sarah Michelle Gellar done that was all that notable outside of Buffy and Cruel Intentions? Can she be more than a one-trick pony?

Pilot Reviews:
+ AfterEllen: http://www.afterellen.com/column/pilot-pirate-3?page=0,1
+ TVLine: http://www.tvline.com/2011/07/fall-tv-ringer-first-impression/
/ BuzzSugar: http://www.buzzsugar.com/Ringer-Pilot-Review-Starring-Sarah-Michelle-Gellar-18214236
- TheFienPrint: http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/the-fien-print/posts/take-me-to-the-pilots-11-the-cws-ringer
- Variety: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117946017

Lists:
#4 – USAToday – http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2011-09-08-fall-tv-preview-top-10-shows_n.htm
#7 – MSN – http://entertainment.ca.msn.com/tv/gallery.aspx?cp-documentid=30330788&page=7
#8 – IMDb – http://www.imdb.com/features/fall_tv_preview/2011/shows_to_watch
ABCNews – http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2011/09/top-15-tv-shows-to-watch-for-fall-2011/
Yahoo – http://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/fall-tv/fall-tv-editors-picks-013746454.html

Trailer:

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