Tuesday, July 8, 2014

TV Tonight: Finding Carter, Married at First Sight

Posted By on July 8, 2014, 3:20 PM

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What's new on the tube tonight:

Finding Carter (MTV) Series Debut: Finally, a new twist on the Snarky Adopted Teen trope: After Carter (Kathryn Prescott) learns that her “single mother” actually abducted her as baby, she’s reunited with her real parents (Lost’s Cynthia Watros and Buffy/Angel’s Alexis Denisof) and family—but all she wants to do is get back together with the woman who stole/raised her (Law & Order’s Milena Govich). Great setup, writing and performances—so expect MTV to cancel Finding Carter post-haste.

Married at First Sight (FYI) Series Debut: FYI is a real cable channel—it’s A&E Networks’ newly “rebranded” Bio—with the company line that “FYI will be an upscale network with a younger and more modern sensibility … that embraces personal creativity and the sharing of the best ideas on air and online.” Ack. So why does their debut “best idea” look like Fox circa 2001? In Married at First Sight, six strangers paired up by “specialists” via “scientific matchmaking” are legally wed for a few weeks, after which time the three couples will decide to stay or bail (or perhaps swap for a sequel series, Married to Sloppy Seconds). Who has two thumbs and owes the Esquire Network an apology for several “worst channel launch ever” comments? This guy!

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