Thanks to its production company, The Catch has been lumped into the TGIT, Shonda-land night amidst the likes of Greys Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. But the similarities between The Catch and those show begin and end at their executive producer. Because The Catch can only be described as, above all else, light. In fact, throughout the pilot I kept thinking how much more at home The Catch would feel over on USA amongst a lineup of Burn Notice, White Collar and the like.
Like a frothy beach read, The Catch is full of slick cons, sexy encounters and style packed into every frame. The cat and mouse tale follows Alice Vaughn (Mireille Enos), a private investigator who gets conned out of millions by her fiancé, Christopher Hall (Peter Krause), and sets out to catch him.
And that’s pretty much it. He enjoys taking things that aren’t his and she enjoys catching people who take things and looks fabulous doing it. Thus, the stage is set for a fun, midseason romp. Let us pray to the TV gods that it stays this way and doesn’t take a sharp turn down the Shonda-land alley of too many twists and not enough foresight.
But lets not get ahead of ourselves. This is only a review of the pilot and the pilot was, for the most part, quite enjoyable. There were a few rough spots; a few moments stuck out as too cliché. For example, Alice too much of the hour grinning like a love struck fool and interrupting work meetings to talk about eloping for us to believe that she’s actually the crack investigator everyone kept insisting she was. But hey, she can make both leather trench coats and breaking into cars look like good ideas and that may be an even greater testimony to her talents.
Final Verdict: It’s fun. And don’t you need a little more fun in your television?
*The Catch airs Thursdays at 10/9c on ABC.
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