“Reaper”: The CW grows up

I don’t think I was alone in considering the CW a network for the Clearasil set. Fair or not, it just seemed like a desination for youngsters. So imagine my surprise at the nets’ high rankings among our Season Pass panel — comprised mostly of people old enough to have kids in the CW’s coveted target audience age range. You know, if we’d all married young and had kids right away.

Aliens_4 Three of the CW’s new shows (drama “Gossip Girl,” dramedy “Reaper,” and half-hour laffer “Aliens in America”) got almost all thumbs up from our group, with multiple season passes being set for each show. I initially gave “Aliens” one thumbs down indicating it isn’t my cup of tea, but I’ve sinced flipped it to one thumb up; I would watch it again, just not every week. And none of us thought drama “Life is Wild” was unwatchable — it just skewed a bit too young for our taste.

Reaper_3 “Gossip” is soapy and dramatic in the way the exec producer Josh Schwartz’s late Fox show “The O.C.” was in its first season. “Aliens” is cute, humorous and sometimes poignant. And “Reaper” is just a delightful surprise. I can’t say enough good things about the latter — funny, sweet, touching, beautifully cast…

Those CW DVDs sat on top of my TV for weeks until I finally had to watch them in order to finish off my list. What a mistake on my part. It looks like the CW is growing up. I just hope auds our age give the shows a chance.

— Kathy Lyford

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