sexy trailers featuring a half-naked Jennifer Love Hewitt surrounded by scantily clad beefcake, suggests a show a lot more salacious and campy and fun than what the creators have actually come up with. Based on the 2010 Lifetime TV movie of the same name (which I haven't seen), List follows suburban Texas housewife Riley Parks (Hewitt) as she enters the illicit world of happy-endings massages in the name of providing for her two kids after her husband unexpectedly takes off.
never delivered. There's no reason why Lifetime couldn't follow AMC and FX into the realm of adult-oriented drama (the model for List could be something like HBO's Hung, which in its best moments had a sense of playfulness about sex work while retaining a dark, morally ambiguous edge), or at least follow USA into the realm of goofy, sexy escapism. But the network seems to want to build its sex appeal while retaining its core audience of timid housewives, and so List is just a bland domestic drama instead of something more rewarding.
Premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.