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Published: November 22, 2011
Scouted (9pm Monday, E!)
E’s new modeling series tries to distinguish itself from America’s Next Top Model by eschewing the competition element. Instead, Scouted sends scouts out to burger joints and soda fountains around the country to discover potential supermodels in the wild. These ordinary people will be whisked off to a coastal modeling agency to see if they have what it takes to be the next Heidi Klum or her male equivalent. Industry pros will give them makeovers and offer tips on how to look emaciated in just the right way.
I’m not an industry pro, but I can offer the would-be emaciated models one tip off the top of my head: Stop hanging out at burger joints and soda fountains. Whoppers and banana splits are not the way to the top in this field.
TNT Mystery Movie Night (8pm Tuesday, TNT)
TNT kicks off a series of crime-novel adaptations with Scott Turow’s Innocent, a sequel to Presumed Innocent. Turow is a big name, and the impressive cast includes feature-film-caliber actors like Bill Pullman, Marcia Gay Harden, and Alfred Molina. And yet the movie never lifts off, weighed down by an overload of exposition.
Pullman plays Rusty Sabich, a judge accused of murdering his wife 20 years after being cleared in the murder of his mistress. There’s another mistress involved this time, along with a zealous prosecutor who practically narrates every plot point for the entire two hours. Meanwhile, the actors seem to have no idea how to play people who are keeping secrets. They simply twitch extravagantly whenever their characters are supposed to be lying.
But, what the heck, if you’re a Turow fan, you should still check out Innocent. You might just find something to like. (Twitch, twitch.)
Dean Robbins covers television entertainment for the Current. Read his longer complete column each week, only at sacurrent.com.