Ditsy blonds and the gay men who love/hate them are getting a double-bill revival on
Mixed would be "Young & Hungry," a more than occasionally funny show in which Gabi (
Executive produced by Ashley Tisdale, "Young & Hungry" feels much more
Osment is an accomplished physical and verbal comedian who is always fun to watch, particularly in a group, and this group is very much up to her standards. Josh's housekeeper, Yolanda (
Still, while there may be sex, Gabi, with her blond hair, can-do attitude and sunny outlook, is very much a Disney heroine who sticks out a bit in ABC Family's darker universe.
As does the jury-rigged setup: Foodie meets tech millionaire in a battle to determine which is trendier! The players are talented if a bit hamstrung by their roles (does every personal assistant now have to be a gay man who squeals?). Perhaps once it settles down from the inevitably overwrought pilot, "Young & Hungry" will give Osment the successful starring role she deserves.
Not so "Mystery Girls," which seems to believe that the reunion of
It will surprise no one to learn that Spelling (who had to do something now that her ghastly reality series is over) and Garth also executive produce "Mystery Girls," in which two former stars of a '90s hit show of the same name come together to form an actual detective agency.
In a slightly sunnier version of "art" imitating life, Holly (Spelling) is the ditzier of the two, still living off her long-ago fame via various reality television shows while Charlie (Garth) is dying of boredom in the suburbs. When a young man (Miguel Pinzon) so old-school gay he can only sing the word "fabulous" witnesses a murder, he vows he will only talk to the subjects of his "obsesh," i.e., the Mystery Girls, who are then forced to reunite.
One minute they're insulting each other, the next they're becoming true detectives. It's actually not a bad idea for a show brave enough to actually satirize its characters (who doesn't love a washed-up starlet?) or the ubiquitousness of the detective series (at this stage, we actually have Dorian Gray teaming up with Victor Frankenstein in "Penny Dreadful" to solve a mystery).
Unfortunately, creator Shepard Boucher ("Men at Work") seems confined by the limitations of his stars, who are clearly not interested in actually exploring the real vagaries of fame. So we have a hollow, laugh-enhanced comedy in which the biggest draw is Tori Spelling proving she will do anything to remain on television.
But we knew that already.
'Young & Hungry'
When: 8 and 9 p.m. Wednesday
Rating: TV-14-DLS (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14 with advisories for suggestive dialogue, coarse language and sex)
Where: ABC Family
When: 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday