Back when I first saw the pilot of The Ex List, which premieres tonight on CBS, I was cautiously optimistic. It wasn't a home run, but the show — which stars Elizabeth Reaser as a woman who learns she has a year to find her Mr. Right and he's someone she's already dated — had enough cute and funny things going for it that I was more than happy to give it time to grow. Once I met the hilarious Diane Ruggiero, who was then the showrunner, I was ready to give it a season pass then and there.
But The Ex List has hit some turmoil since then, and while I'm still excited about tonight's premiere, there's some apprehension mixed in as well. Ruggiero left the show — vocally, and not happily — because she said her vision for the show didn't match CBS's. That's a shame, because her vision was the one I would be tuning in to see. But several episodes of the show were completed under Ruggiero's regime, and it's not like it's in bad hands now: The producer of the original Israeli miniseries on which the show is based has taken over. So, I remain cautiously optimistic.
Here's one thing that hasn't changed: Reaser is still in the lead role as Bella Bloom, and — somewhat surprisingly, given her role as Ava/Rebecca on Grey's Anatomy — she was totally refreshing to watch. She pulls off the laid-back California girl thing well, and with a ragtag cast of roommates, there's a bit of a How I Met Your Mother vibe to the whole thing. Will you be checking out The Ex List, either live tonight or via TiVo later? To watch a clip, just
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