Sarah Michelle Gellar Is No Buffy in 'Ringer'

Rejoice, Buffy the Vampire Slayer nerds fans, for your patron ass-kicking saint of patrician good looks, Sarah Michelle Gellar, has returned to the small screen. Not only that, but you'll get a double dose of SMG-goodness, because she's been cast as a set of identical twins. Ringer, which airs tonight on the CW at 9 p.m., promises to deliver a bunch of twists and thrills with a storyline that includes a missing sister, mistaken identity, murder, murky FBI agents, mobsters, and other things that presumably begin with the letter M.

The only problem? Joss Whedon didn't write it. Which is to say, I don't think Sarah Michelle Gellar's natural acting talent can make a diamond from this lump of corny-looking evil-twin coal.


So let's see, we've got Gellar as a set of twins—one a Park Avenue housewife (Siobhan), one a recovering drug addict/former stripper (Bridget)—with the chichi housewife twin being chased by the FBI. After the long-estranged sisters reunite, Siobhan supposedly throws herself overboard from a boat, so onetime stripper Bridget must assume Siobhan's identity and escape the mobster/FBI/sole-murder-witness mess of her sister's life.

Paging Hayley Mills! Be advised, we've come up with an even more improbable plot than The Parent Trap.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the early reviews for Ringer aren't that great—although I suspect critics mainly just can't fight the temptation to riff off the twin theme ("This show about two sisters is less than half of what it should be," "Even though we get twice as much Sarah in Ringer, she isn't half as interesting as Buffy was"). Still, it's a lot to expect people to wholeheartedly embrace a pilot, and once we get past the business of setting up the backstory, the rest of the show might be kind of fun. Besides, I think I remember a few disparaging words about Buffy before it really took off, right?

Can you tell I'm trying to be ... open-minded? The truth is, Ringer looks just plain awful. I liked Gellar just fine in her Buffy days, but unless her acting has grown in leaps and bounds, I don't think she has the chops to take this show and turn it into anything worth watching—especially without a genius like Whedon behind the wheel. I'd love to be proven wrong, but I think there's a reason CBS passed this down to the CW. It's not quite ready for prime time.

Will you be watching Ringer tonight? 

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