September 22nd, 2011
10:00 PM ET
In the opening moments of the series premiere of "Charlie's Angels" - which is now set in Miami - the Angels are already at work on a mission, but anyone who saw the endless ABC promos might not recognize Nadine Velazquez from "My Name is Earl" as one of the Angels.
It didn't take long to figure out that her character was not long for this world, and wouldn't you know it, she gets killed in a car bomb.
Abby Sampson (Rachael Taylor) and Kate Prince (Annie Ilonzeh) just happen to have an opening for a third Angel when they happen upon hotheaded thrill-seeker Eve French (Minka Kelly, the only potential breakout star here if there is any).
Again, it's easy to figure out where things are headed here, and so went pretty much everything else in this episode.
The only big change to the "Angels" formula - which worked so well in the 1970s and for series executive producer Drew Barrymore - is the casting of Ramon Rodriguez as Bosley. Let's just say he's a far cry from David Doyle, Bill Murray or Bernie Mac, and he also gets a lot more involved in the missions.
The show is a more high octane, less blatantly exploitative version of the '70s series. As an action series, it certainly delivers on a surface level, but there's not much *there* there (the plot/mission of the week couldn't matter less).
On a crowded Thursday night, it will take a lot for this show to survive, and in the year 2011, it's not exactly that difficult to find movies or TV series with women kicking butt. (In fact, a "Chuck" spinoff of "The Cat Squad" would probably be a much better show.) So the real question is, why "Charlie's Angels" now?
Maybe you liked the premiere better than I did. If so (or if you agree), let me know on iReport or comment below.
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