Last year's show creator Theresa Rebeck is out, replaced by executive producer Joshua Safran (Gossip Girl). Also gone are some problematic characters (Dev, Leo, Ellis) replaced by some new ones (Jeremy Jordan) and guest stars (Jennifer Hudson) to up the glitz factor. But the two ingenue hopefuls, Karen (Katherine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) are still at odds, and although we know that showbiz is full of rivalries, their feud just seems petty and boring, not a good thing for a show that should be pushing for over-the-top drama and showbiz catfights, not restraint.
|Ivy and Karen are pretty tame rivals|
|Jennifer Hudson was a smash - the show, not so much|
Anjelica Huston, as showrunner Eileen. is still trying her darndest to do something with her nothing plot line — the show is off, it's on, it's off. Yawn. The showmakers would do better to turn her into a villain or have her try to go out for the leading actress herself — give this talented woman something interesting to do. Other fun actors caught in similar spirals are Jack Davenport as the director whose womanizing ways are suddenly a problem for him and everyone around him, and Christian Borle, who manages to be authentic and engaging as Tom, Julia's (Debra Messing) writing partner. So many of the other characters we just don't give a hoot about.
|Anjelica Huston and Jack Davenport hope that the drama gets more dramatic|