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First Look: The Middleman


I don't know what it says about me — or maybe about the state of television — that though I'm firmly in my mid-20s, some of my favorite TV shows these days seem to be on ABC Family. I've already talked at length about my love for Greek, and with that show on "Spring break," I'm curious about the new series that's taking its place starting on Monday: The Middleman.

The show, based on a comic book series of the same name, follows the adventures of a character named, well, The Middleman (Matt Keeslar). He's a strait-laced, old-fashioned superhero who — as the show's slogan says — fights crime "so you don't have to." Caught in the Middleman's orbit is Wendy Watson (Natalie Morales), an artist, temp worker, and newly seasoned crime fighter who reminds me a little of Veronica Mars, if Veronica were asked to deal with more supernatural weirdness.

The ads that have been airing on ABC Family intrigued me, but what really caught my eye was this Variety review that praised it for all its spy and crime genre references (from The Avengers to The Godfather). The review dubbed it "a show, frankly, for people who love (and have probably watched too much) TV," and, well, that's me to a T. Plus, I wouldn't mind some wacky crime-fighters to tide me over till Chuck and Reaper return for second seasons in the Fall.

The entire premiere episode is available for free on iTunes, and the show debuts on TV at 8 p.m. EDT and PDT on Monday. To watch a trailer, just

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