Friday, October 19, 2007

Viva Laughlin: Not So Much

CBS' new musical-drama Viva Laughlin, starring Hugh Jackman, premiered last night. If you've never heard of it, it's like Cop Rock meets Las Vegas. The best part? The whole is worse than the sum of its parts. No seriously, I'd rather eat my weight in the lukewarm, fuzzy pasta gracing every buffet in Laughlin than ever watch this show again.

A few reasons why:

  • I'm 24 minutes in and I have no clue what's going on.
  • The characters sing. This wouldn't be bad except the original vocals are heard loud and clear. It's like an awful duet, or listening to someone sing with the radio.
  • The acting is worse than...well anything else on TV. High School Musical 2 was more compelling.
  • Melanie Griffith. Yikes.
  • Viva Loughlin, a variety show starring Lori Loughlin, (Aunt Becky from Full House) would have blown this show out of the water.

I like musicals and Hugh Jackman. The combination of the two is unstoppable. This was just executed poorly. In case we didn't learn from Coupling, not every BBC show can make the leap across the pond.