Alice Vaughan

and Anderson-Vaughan Investigations

Created by Allan Heinberg, Jennifer Schuur, & Helen Gregory
Based on a treatment by Kate Atkinson

The new P.I. show The Catch (not to be confused with a failed 2005 pilot with the same title), helmed by TV miracleworker Shonda Rhimes, just aired its pilot episode recently.

It follows the adventures of ALICE VAUGHAN, a Los Angeles P.I. specializing in forensic accounting who seems to have it all: a to-die-for apartment with closets full of fabulous clothes, her own slick, upscale Los Angeles detective agency with "the best client list in town," $1.4 million in savings, a large coterie of sexy, attractive friends, business partners and employees and a rich and an occasional steamy (for network television) romp with studly fiancé, Christopher Hall (Peter Krause).

Life is good.

No wonder Alice is smiling all the time. In fact, everyone in the show seems to be smiling all the time -- it's like the entire cast has been doused with Joker gas.

That is, until Alice discovers that darling Christopher, her hunky hubby-to-be, is actually a con artist who's strung her along for a year or so and bilked her out of her life savings, intending to rip off one of her wealthiest clients with information he's accessed from her agency's files.

Which causes everyone to frown for a little while. Until, that is, Alice and her crew launch themselves into battle to track down Christopher and protect the agency's clients. The catch -- as it is --is that both Alice and Christopher still have feelings for each other. And so the game of cat-and-mouse begins...

Whether it will be enough to sustain the show remains to be seen. My initial take was... meh.

It's certainly slick and stylish, and the premise is sound, although a little far-fetched. We're supposed to believe a hot shot investigator can be totally taken in, for months and months, without any alarm bells ringing? And that none of her hotshot investigators, each of whom is supposedly also brilliant, noticed anything hinky either?

Hell, at one point, Christopher evades what looks like Alice's entire crew, including Alice, by...walking by them with a hat and sunglasses on. In broad daylight.

But it's all essentially fluff wrapped in meringue -- a lot of shiny happy people looking shiny and happy while doing nasty things to each other. While wearing wonderful clothes.

Take heart, however -- the show was based on a treatment by novelist Kate Atkinson (creator of Jackson Brodie), and the initial script was written by original showrunner Jennifer Schuur (who left before the show ever aired, citing "creative differences"). Atkinson is one of the executive producers (so far), so there might be some good stuff yet to come.

Certainly, Rhimes' track record for generating hits (Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, Getting Away with Murder, etc.) suggests The Chase may be with us for years to come, but I wouldn't be counting on it to deliver much more than a mild-mannered (but nice looking) fantasy.

TELEVISION

  • THE CATCH.. Buy on DVD. ..Watch it now!
    (2016, ABC)
    Series
    13 60-minute episodes
    Premiere: March 24, 2016
    Created by Allan Heinberg, Jennifer Schuur, Helen Gregory
    Based on a treatment by Kate Atkinson
    Writers:
    Shonda Rhimes
    Directors:
    Production company: Shondaland
    Starring
    Mirielle Enos as ALICE VAUGHAN
    with Peter Krause as Christopher Hall/Benjamin Jones
    Sonya Walger as Margot Bishop
    Jacky Ido as Special Agent Jules Dao
    Rose Rollins as Valerie Anderson
    Alimi Ballard as Reginald Lennox III
    Jay Hayden as Danny Yoon
    and Elvy Yost as Sophie Novak

  • "Pilot" (March 24, 2016)
  • "The Real Killer" (March 31, 2016)
  • "The Trial" (April 7, 2016)
  • "The Princess and the I.P." (April 14, 2016)
  • "The Lar·gan Gambit" (April 21, 2016)
  • "The Benefactor" (April 28, 2016)
  • "The Ringer" (May 5, 2016)
  • "The Package" (May 12, 2016)
  • "The Happy Couple" (May 19, 2016)
  • "The Wedding" (May 197, 2016)

Report submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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