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Series debut: Suicide drama Gravity debuts Monday, April 26

In television on 04/25/2010 at 3:21 pm

Series name
Gravity

Debuts
Monday, April 26, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. ET on The Movie Network

Regularly airs
Mondays, 9:30 p.m. ET on The Movie Network

Premise
Guy in a wheelchair runs a support group for people who’ve attempted suicide, some of whom are being followed by a shady detective with problems of his own.

Primary cast and crew
Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad, Til Death, Gilmore Girls) is Lily Champagne, who works at a makeup counter, is ripely unpleasant to her customers and who fascinates Det. Miller.
Ivan Sergei (Charmed, Crossing Jordan, The Break-Up) is Robert Collingsworth, who wants to die to join a belated loved one.
Eric Schaeffer (producer Starved, If Lucy Fell, My Life’s in Turnaround) is Det. Christian Miller. He does yoga, has a gambling problem, keeps a file on Lily.
Ving Rhames (Kojak, Dawn of the Dead, Pulp Fiction) is Dogg McFee. He runs the group. He might have issues of his own. He simmers.
Rachel Hunter (The Drew Carey Show) is Shawna Rollins, glam girl.
Robyn Cohen (Fool’s Gold, The Life Aquatic) is Carla, whose perfect, happy life is not enough.
James Martinez (Law & Order, Numb3rs, NCIS) is Jorge Sanchez. He likes to dance.
Seth Numrich (NY theatre work) is Adam Rosenblum, musically talented.

Buzz buzz
The risky premise of a blackly humourous take on suicide was bolstered by a strong cast.

But what do I know anyway? After having seen the first two half-hour episodes, I say…
This series has many strengths: a strong cast, some good chemistry, a dark premise that could appeal to people who like TV with a bit of jolt and an ongoing mystery that might connect several people in the group. Unfortunately, these wires rarely connect. And the moments where they do — in Episode 2, a secondary character and her husband have some great, sweet scenes, ditto for Dogg (Rhames) in a scene outside of the group — might not be enough to sustain viewers. What might have been a ensemble character study is rendered cheap and pointlessly uncomfortable by hard left narrative turns and what appear to be scenes pulled from another show. For example, a sex scene is shocking only because it makes no apparent sense. The biggest headscratcher, though, is the ongoing mystery. Who the hell is this cop and what is he on about? After two episodes and a mess of detail, my interest is on the edge of who cares, but the occasional sweet moments and funny lines delivered with great timing will get me to check it out one more time. I’m intrigued by the creator/producer/co-star Eric Schaeffer, but the link to his blog, www.icantbelieveimstillsingle.com, appeared to be dead when I was writing this. Let me know if you find it active.

Other reviews
This one’s unrelentingly negative, except in its praise of the cast. The reviewer is clearly not a fan of creator/producer/co-star Eric Schaeffer.

Official website
Basic cast and series info with videos that do not play for computers with Canadian IP addresses. Boo.

Twitter
Strictly promo about the show, with no conversational presence.

Facebook
Lots of fan support, much more friendly atmosphere, links to interviews and reviews (show premieres on Starz, the commisioning network, on April 23).

Can’t wait for the next new-series preview?
I’ll try to drag my vacationing bones to the computer for Happytown, which (insert scary music) premieres, also on ABC, on Wednesday, April 28.

— Denise Duguay

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