Can These "Big Shots" Fire?
Michael Vartan's new ABC dramedy "Big Shots" will try to do this fall what "Six Degrees," "Men In Trees" and even "October Road" have failed to do before - hold on to that plum "Grey's Anatomy" audience. But can this critically-panned series succeed?
The show described by some as the male version of "Sex and the City" about four CEOs who "find sanctuary in male bonding" marks the return of Vartan to series television over a year after ABC's Jennifer Garner-fronted spy series "Alias," that made him a household name, ended.
Former "Veronica Mars" producer Rob Thomas was added over the summer to the show's creative team as a consulting producer to help buzz-challenged series. The producers also hired Paul Blackthorne ("The Dresden Files") to play the fifth CEO. Dylan McDermott, Christopher Titus and Joshua Malina play the remaining three men.
Some TV critics and journalists (namely Michael Ausiello of TV Guide) have been highly critical of the pilot. The Futon Critic reviewed "Big Shots" as "underwhelming" calling its characters "unfunny walking cartoons."
Obviously, the power of "Grey's Anatomy" will give "Big Shots" a strong launching pad. But unless this hunky bunch of metrosexuals can come up with more compelling stuff, perhaps even the "Power of Vartan" may not be enough to keep viewers from flipping away.