Dare I say that this is a perfect romantic comedy. Not since Ally McBeal and Sex and the City went off the air has there been a comparable romantic comedy on TV. Even in its dramatic format, this show may just be up to par to pull the heartstrings and tickle the funny bone.
First off, it has the most essential ingredient, a smart, sweet, and funny, female center. Elizabeth Reaser, who comes off an Emmy-nominated guest role on ABC's Grey's Anatomy, stars as Bella Bloom who learns on the night of her sister's bachelorette party that she's already met the man she should marry.
Bella goes to a fortuneteller who tells her if she wants to get married too, she's going to have to do it within the next year. If not, Bella will spend the rest of her life alone. Bella wonders how she'll find the man of her dreams in one year, if she hasn't done it in the 33 she's been around. The fortuneteller reassures her that she has. Yes, Bella's Mr. Right is one of her ex-boyfriends.
Bella then has to make a list, not unlike Earl's karma list on NBC's My Name is Earl, and quantum leap back into her old relationships in order to revisit these men and learn if any of them are her soul mate. Along the way, there are signs to help her. From billboards to bird crap, the universe guides her along the way. She just has to read them correctly.
First on her list is Johnny Diamont, played by Eric Balfour (Six Feet Under and 24). There was a reason Diamont was Bella's ex. He was way too emotional. Diamont is a musician, a guitarist who was kind of a hippie, or a weepy folk singer. He sat on the beach all day and sang love songs with long, curly hair over his face.
It got to a point where Diamont got too intense. He wanted to do an Angelina Jolie-Billy Bob Thornton where he wanted Bella and him to get matching tattoos and drink each other's blood. He was also very clingy, just all over her. She couldn't take it, so she broke up with him. But, could she have been wrong?
Meanwhile, Bella's roommates are having troubles of their own. Her roommate Cyrus really isn't, but, he does interject his advice as to what or whom Bella should do, and occasionally mock her habits and bodily features. It's her best friend Vivian and her boyfriend Augie who are having troubles. They may be on each other's ex lists soon, over something as provocative as Vivian's newly shaved vagina.
All the time, Bella's ex list is constantly interrupted by Elliot, a former beau with whom she shares custody of their dog, Rufus. To her, Elliot exists merely to be a thorn in her side. He also works at her father' shop. Bella doesn't want him around, but the lady might doth protest too much.
The silliness of this show's premise is over-ridden. The screen is constantly filled with sexy, gorgeous people who you warmly grow to like as if they were your own friends and even your own exes.
This remake of an Israeli TV program called "Mythological X" seems to be about second chances, or at least for this girl a re-examination of her life. Some people think that if you were in a lot of relationships that didn't work, the problem may not be with all of them. The problem may be with you.
The show is intriguing, anchored by an amazing and lovely actress.
Five stars out of Five
Running Time: 60 mins.
Fridays at 9 p.m. on CBS