Not all October premieres have to be scary – although a lot of them are (see later in this post) – so let’s start off this look at first episodes of new streaming shows with “Emily in Paris” (Netflix). Well, I shouldn’t say it’s not at all scary. The story of Chicagoan Emily’s relocation to Paris for her job emphasizes her outsider status and loneliness even though she always puts on her delightfully Lily Collins face.
“Miss Match” (2003, NBC), episodes 1-5 – Darren Star’s “Miss Match,” starring Alicia Silverstone as divorce attorney-cum-matchmaker Kate Fox, tries to solve the mysteries of the human heart. This is infinitely more interesting (and sometimes just as disturbing) than solving crimes.
“Miss Match” (2003, NBC) ranks toward the top of the list of shows that were destined to be sure-fire hits yet somehow weren’t. Alicia Silverstone was Entertainment Weekly’s Fall TV Preview cover girl, the show was the magazine’s pick for Best New Drama (“Arrested Development” was the Best New Comedy, if you’re curious) and it was the only scripted show specifically about romance on TV that season.
Normally, my blog talks about positive things in the world of entertainment. But I want to bring up one big negative, for the sake of warning you. CBS DVD has put out a series of “Beverly Hills, 90210” DVDs (the ninth of the 10 seasons was recently released) that do not contain the original music from the show.
In its large ensemble cast, “Melrose Place” (8 p.m. Central Tuesdays on The CW) has one likeable character. He’s a 25-year-old comic book fan and budding filmmaker. He asks his girlfriend of five years to marry him, but she’s not sure if she should, because, come on, he likes comic books. Obviously, that’s a sign that he’s not marriage material. Living together every day like a married couple is one thing, but going through the ceremony and ritual of it — that’s another.
The CW seems to think that giving its shows the names of hit shows from the past is a way to build a network. It renewed “90210” — a show that has notoriously struggled to find an identity — and added the spinoff “Melrose Place” to its fall schedule.