Monday, September 10, 2007

What I'm Watching: Tell Me You Love Me (Series Premiere)

Tell Me You Love Me: Season 1, Episode 1 "Pilot" (F)

I lost count of the number of sex scenes about ten minutes into the episode. This show is so falsely intimate and desperate to be provocative that it takes each and every opportunity, every five minutes or so, to have its characters engage in graphic and often inexplicable sexual activities. For some reason all of this nudity needs to be seen on screen, as in the case of one of the couples changing from their work clothes to their night shirts. Why do we need to see that? This show crosses a number of lines in the explicit nature of what it shows, and unlike "Six Feet Under" or "The L Word", there is no plot or reasoning to accompany the wealth of sex. The show itself is as bland as they come, which is strange because you would think with all the sex there would be something interesting. The cast, which includes respectable "Sleeper Cell" alumni Sonya Walger and Ally Walker, is uniformly boring and uncreative. It took quite a bit of determination for me to make it through this first episode.

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