Review: Still Star-Crossed

Review: Still Star-Crossed

Still Star-Crossed is a new show that premieres MONDAY, MAY 29 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

Here’s the official description of the show:

In the wake of Romeo and Juliet’s tragic deaths, the Montague and Capulet rivalry escalates. A new royal takes the throne in Verona and struggles to determine what is best for his city, which is at the epicenter of mayhem.

Still Star-Crossed stars Grant Bowler as Lord Damiano Montague, Wade Briggs as Benvolio Montague, Torrance Coombs as Count Paris, Dan Hildebrand as Friar Lawrence, Lashana Lynch as Rosaline Capulet, Ebonee Noel as Livia Capulet, Medalion Rahimi as Princess Isabella, Zuleikha Robinson as Lady Guiliana Capulet, Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus, Susan Wooldridge as Nurse and Anthony Head as Lord Silvestro Capulet.
Still Star-Crossed was developed for television by Heather Mitchell, who is a writer and executive producer. Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Wilding, Michael Goldstein and Michael Offer also serve as executive producers. The series is based on the book Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub.
We got a preview of the pilot and here are our [spoiler-free] thoughts:

The Good:

  • The show has a very attractive multicultural cast
  • The costumes and scenes are as you would expect for a show set in the time of Shakespeare
  • While most of the character names come directly from Shakespeare, there are no accents or iambic pentameter
  • Shonda Rhimes doesn’t have a lot of failures
The Bad:
  • I really didn’t get invested in any of the characters or the storyline
  • I spent most of the episode trying to figure out how it was going to become a full series
  • It seems like it could be really period-piece teen angsty, and not in a good way
  • It seems like a poor fit for ABC, especially at 10 pm.  The show seems most likely to appeal to teenagers and it feels like a better fit for ABC Family (although it’s pretty violent) or maybe The CW. This is not the kind of show that people expect to see on ABC, especially in the hour typically reserved on the major networks for procedurals.
  • This may really be a Shonda Rhimes failure

Check it out for yourself on May 29th!

About Cay

Cay's family thinks that her obsession with TV and pop culture is "not normal". Yeah, well, "normal" is boring! Follow her on Twitter @Cailie

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