'Betrayal' Review: A Dull Affair
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Sometimes a TV show's title tells you everything you need to know about it, and Betrayal (Sundays at 10pm on ABC) is one of them. It's a title so bland and dull that it could be about anything.
In this instance, it's about a successful, beautiful, married photographer named Sara (Hannah Ware) who is feeling unsatisfied with her life, so she decides to have an affair. Her husband isn't mean or having an affair of his own, he's just devoted to his job as a lawyer, trying hard to move up the ladder of success. Enter Jack (Stuart Townsend), a different married, good-looking lawyer who has a casual conversation with Sara that ultimately leads to an affair.
Yawn. Betrayal is a show where being rich, successful and attractive isn't enough. Are we supposed to sympathize with a woman who has a rich, smart, attractive lawyer for a husband and who is employed as a photographer? Because that sounds like a pretty great life.
But the affair isn't the only betrayal. Jack works for some big, powerful company that gets involved in a murder mystery that with the president of the company (James Cromwell) and his mentally-challenged son (Henry Thomas). If possible, I care even less about this than the affair. Oh, and guess what? Jack and Sara's husband are on rival sides of the murder case.
In some ways it reminds me of the synonymously-titled NBC dram Deception, centering on a powerful family and their secrets as a murder investigation proceeds. The contrivances, dull characters and thoroughly uninteresting twist all combine to make Betrayal a snoozefest from the start. There's absolutely nothing new in this show, and the plotting will most likely put you to bed before it even gets to the sex.
ABC has had difficulty filling the Sunday at 10pm time slot in the past two years. Pan Am, GCB, 666 Park Avenue and Red Widow have all died there. Betrayal looks like the network's fifth straight failure in that time slot. Between this and Lucky 7, ABC certainly has two dramas that will be among the earliest cancellation of the season. At least they have Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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