Articles for The Ex List Season 1

BuddyTV is looking at the 17 new shows the major networks will premiere this Fall to see which ones are worth getting excited about and which ones we have low expectations for.Show Description: The Ex List is a light dramedy about Bella Bloom (Elizabeth Reaser) who sees psychic: Bella learns that she‘s already dated the man she‘s going to marry.  The catch: if Bella doesn‘t find the ex she‘s supposed to marry within a year she‘s going to be alone forever.  From there, Bella goes on a quest to find her true love. Read more »
Today was my first day at the Television Critics Association summer press tour as an official TCA member. Arriving at the massive ballroom at the Beverly Hilton, it‘s a tad intimidating to see about 200 fellow TV critics (nearly all lit by the glow of their laptops) facing the stage where the new shows will attempt to explain why we should care about them.I‘ll be here in Los Angeles for the next five days covering all the hot panels, attending the swanky parties and set visits, and reporting back on what happens when TV critics and stars collide. Read more »
Though I was only in Los Angeles for four days of panel sessions at the Television Critics Association press tour, it was enough to glimpse the utter insanity that is the event. Days are packed with session after session as more than 100 TV critics ask questions to the new stars and showrunners as well as network executives.Some panels aren‘t quite as packed as others, which makes it easy to notice TV critic biases. Getting the press to ask questions to The Real Housewives of Atlanta was like pulling teeth. However, if you stick around long enough you‘re bound to get a few hilariously off-the-cuff quotes. Culled from four days and more than 30 panels, I present my 10 favorite quotes from my time at this year‘s press tour. Read more »
A new drama is something worth getting psyched up about, but The Ex List takes it a step further, bringing on a psychic to their crew.  Executive producer and lead writer Diane Ruggiero spoke at the Television Critic‘s Association summer press tour and gave out details on the new show.  During the news conference, Ruggiero provided a little background about the premise of The Ex List.  The lead character, Bella Bloom, will be played by Elizabeth Reaser.  She is soon confronted by a psychic about her relationships.   According to her, Bella‘s husband is someone from Bella‘s past, someone she has already dated.  The psychic Marina, which is a vital element in the story, will be played by Anne Nahabedian.  Read more »
The Ex List won‘t be up on the air for another month, but the stars of this new CBS show have already been busy promoting it.  Playing Bella Bloom on the show, actress Elizabeth Reaser was recently in Beverly Hills to talk about The Ex List among television critics.  She was accompanied by series writer Diane Ruggiero, and the vaginal humor just didn‘t end. The pilot episode of The Ex List pushed the boundaries, especially with the appearance of a toupee for a vagina.  Ruggiero assures viewers not to worry, as the network didn‘t oppose the decision. Read more »
For exclusive on-set videos and hot features on the new TV season, check out BuddyTV‘s Fall 2008 Preview.Judging this year‘s new shows is a lot harder than in past years.  Usually networks have finished pilots to screen for critics well in advance of their premieres, but because the writers‘ strike threw everything off balance, many shows are retooling their pilots until the last minute, leaving critics with little more than five-minute trailers and general descriptions to make our judgments.While this year‘s crop is nowhere near as brilliant as last year (with Chuck, Gossip Girl, Pushing Daisies and countless other successes), the sense this time is that the networks are looking to find established fan bases.  Many new shows are remakes of either British shows or classic American ones. Read more »
For exclusive on-set videos and hot features on the new TV season, check out BuddyTV‘s Fall 2008 Preview.Network: CBSPremiere: Friday, October 3, 9pmCast: Adam Rothenberg, Alexandra Breckenridge, Amir Talai, Elizabeth Reaser, Rachel BostonPremise: Bella Bloom learns from a fortune teller that if she doesn‘t get married within one year, she‘ll be doomed to be single for the rest of her life. Luckily, the man she is supposed to marry is someone whom she has dated in the past. Bella must then reconnect with all of her exes before it‘s too late. Read more »
For exclusive on-set videos and hot features on the new TV season, check out BuddyTV‘s Fall 2008 Preview.Audiences connected to Reaser during the third season of Grey‘s Anatomy where she played Ava, the pregnant crush victim who developed a crush on Dr. Karev. That exposure made her a recognizable star, and now she has her own show as a charming young woman looking for love. Read more »
On Friday, creator and executive producer Diane Ruggiero withdrew from CBS’ The Ex List.  Her sudden departure came as a surprise to CBS and producing studio 20th Century FOX.  Insiders say that the reason for her sudden departure is that she couldn’t come in terms with CBS, who saw a different direction for the show than she did.  While CBS wanted something closer to the original Israeli format of Mythological X, the season producer, who has worked with hits such as Veronica Mars, wanted something more unique for The Ex List.The show has already shot six episodes, and the remaining will be handled by Rick Eid, who takes over as executive producer. Read more »
I fall squarely into the target demographic of CBS’ new Friday night offering, The Ex List. I am an unmarried urban woman in my 20s who has had her share of breakups but who still plans to get married some day. Watching this show should be like looking at a mirror onto my soul. I should be finding a fictional kindred spirit in this show, but let me tell you, I found The Ex List excruciating to watch. The Ex List stars Elizabeth Reaser (she of Grey’s Anatomy ferry victim fame) as Bella Bloom, a 33-year-old proprietress of a flower shop with a penchant for saying “dude.” She visits a psychic as part of the festivities of her sister’s bachelorette party where she learns that the man she is supposed to marry is one whom she has already had a romantic relationship with. The only catch is, she must reconnect with him and marry him within a year; otherwise, she will be doomed to spend eternity alone. [cue ominous music] Read more »
A few days ago, BuddyTV’s very own Debbie Chang reviewed CBS’ The Ex List, which began airing as a fall offering last week.  The show, which stars Grey‘s Anatomy‘s Elizabeth Reaser, follows 30something Bella as she embarks on a journey to find Mr. Right (within a time frame of one year), a task she must complete or else she‘d spend the rest of her life alone, a psychic warns her.  The catch is that she has already found Mr. Right and his name is in her list of failed relationships.  Recently, Elizabeth Reaser spoke to TV Guide to reveal some thoughts on her character, which is lighter and more fun than her heavy drama counterpart on Grey’s Anatomy."I‘m always being tragic, anything where they‘re making a buffoon out of me, I love," she told TV Guide.  "The more buffoonery, the better!" Read more »
When The Ex List premiered earlier this month, Bella Bloom and the rest of the girls serve as eye candy especially for the show‘s male viewers.  But as Bella begins to re-open doors to the past and search for her future husband among her exes, it seems that the program‘s crowd-puller may have shifted to its hunky guest stars.In an interview with TV Guide, lead star Elizabeth Reaser reveals who‘s coming on The Ex List as Bella‘s former beaus. Read more »
When I heard that The Ex List, CBS‘ new romantic comedy, was being scheduled Fridays at 9pm between Ghost Whisperer and Numb3rs, the first thing I did was write the headline for this article. If Moonlight couldn‘t survive this timeslot, The Ex List never had a chance. According to TVGuide, The Ex List is being axed effective immediately.Technically, CBS is only removing it from the schedule, though at this point, the cancellation is just a formality. This Friday, a repeat of NCIS will air Friday at 9pm, and it will probably do better than The Ex List. Read more »