Quick fixes for the fall's worst new TV Shows
Can 'Mom,' 'Dads,' and 'We Are Men' be saved?
Biggest Flaw: Oh, it's so hard to pick just one! Let's go to the root: There isn't a single character who lives like a human, walks like a human, talks like a human or is relatable on a human level. I've described the show as "wealthy mannequins humping." So I'll stick with that.
Our Helpful Solution: It's too late now, but "Betrayal" needed a flesh-and-blood point-of-entry character into this world of privilege. Just because the language and locations are familiar, doesn't mean that this is our version of reality. There had to be somebody who normal people -- not just the 99 percent, but the 99.9 percent -- can relate to. "The O.C." wouldn't function without Ryan. "Deception" needed the Meagan Good character (and still stunk). "Dirty Sexy Money" required Peter Krause,"Revenge" requires Emily Van Camp and even "Downton Abbey" required the only-slightly-less-genteel Matthew. OK. "Require" is a strong word, because I'm certain you can find an example of an effective show or movie that works despite the absence of a point-of-entry character. But this one doesn't. Oh and fewer foreign actors who can't do American accents, please. Or they could just add Heather Locklear as a sexy British woman who has an affair with James Cromwell's character.