Is Shondaland feeling nostalgic or something? Because I swear the lead character of their new show, The Catch, is copy of a lead character from their old show, Grey's Anatomy. Same complexion and skin type, same body shape, same raspy voice, same bad choices when it comes to dealing with men.
'Cause don't let the above image fool you. Rose Rollins is not the lead in the The Catch. It's White actress Mireille Enos as high-priced private eye Alice Vaughn. And if there was one thing Shondaland didn't need to unveil, it was another yet another Meredith Grey.
Rose Rollins is the supportive best friend and business partner Valerie Anderson. Like Alice, she's a private eye in their cushy chrome and glass tower. Unlike Alice, Valerie's scenes are fewer and less exciting than Alice's. There's also Nicole Pettis, a Black actress portraying their receptionist Robin...but I'm really not in the mood to go there right now. Korean-American actor Jay Hayden is also on the show, but like Valerie and Robin, his scenes don't do anything for me. And while I love, love, love the idea of an African Interpol agent named Jules Dao, his scenes are not compelling either.
Then there's the story...if you can even call it that.
Why oh why is Alice Vaughn not being portrayed by a woman of color? An Asian or Latina would've been perfect for this role, seeing as when it comes to casting the central character on a show, Shondaland & Co. really need to to learn their options extend far beyond Black and White.
The casting of the lead - by itself - is a turn-off, but the plot of the pilot was appalling. Alice is supposed to be this bad-ass, super clever PI....but she's outwitted by a dude using a textbook con. And I do mean textbook; once they broke down how he got to her, all I could think was...how the hell did she miss that???
Have any of you watched this absolute faux pas? What did you think?