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Mixology (PREVIEW)

Mixology

Regular Air Date: 
Wednesdays @9:30PM ET
Network(s): 
Genre: 
Air Date: 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Grade:
B+
Seasons: 
1

MIXOLOGY: 
What can happen in one night with 10 different people while at a bar? If Tom (played by Blake Lee) and his friends Cal (played by Craig Frank) and Bruce (played by Andrew Santino) hope to find out at the bar called Mix. Recently dumped by his fiancée, Tom is taken to the bar by Bruce and Cal in hopes they can get him to find a woman to take his mind off his ex. Who Tom finds is Maya (played by Ginger Gonzaga) who is a very blunt and cruel woman who wants her men to be controlling and strong, everything that Tom is not. Then there's the bartender Dominic (played by Adan Canto) who is good looking, cool, and don't care that the waitress he was seeing just broke up with him and in fact he don't even know her name. While all this is going on, Ron (played by Adam Campbell) has just lost all his money, millions of dollars, in his start up company and now he's sloppy drunk and about to go on a blind date. This is just the start of the night for these 10 people at the club called Mix.

THE SHOW:
I will have to admit that I was actually thinking this show was going to be something completely different that what it is. For some reason when I heard it's title, Mixology, I expected this show to be a reality show about people making drinks to become the ultimate bartender. Instead, it's a series that will be about a group of people at a bar over the course of one night. Even though I was a little let down knowing that it wasn't going to be about a show that would teach me some new drinks to make I found out that the show is actually kind of funny.


First thing I like about this show, the plot of being in one place for one night. Even though the show does have other locations, such as the births of the characters that are being introduced, where they where born, and also where they work/live and I'll go out on a limb and say that future episodes will show other locations. Still, with those other few locations shown, the show will still take place primairly in the bar during the course of one night. It's not a new idea of having the show happen in the course of one night but it's also one that can be really good if done right. It leaves the show open to have a second season where it takes place during the next day or even a week later, but if say the show don't get picked up for another season, they can give it a ending by having the night end. One thing I would like to know though is if they one night is going to be thought of as when the characters first go out and ends when the bar closes or will it be 24 hours, give or take a few hours? I don't know but I want to know how long they are considering one night to be.


Still, Mixology surprised me with it being as good as it is. The cast is really the most important aspect of this show and will only become more important as the episodes are shown. This show is based on these characters meeting each other and/or hanging out with each other over the course of one night in one place so the actors better be good. If not this show will flop because we won't like who we are seeing. I don't think this is going to be a problem. The cast that I saw on here do a really good job at making their characters feel familiar and likable. Not only that but the actors already fit their roles. I was trying to pick out who would be who by reading the description of the show and looking at the press photo of the cast and I think I only got 2 of the characters wrong. This is because the actors look like who their character profile says they are. It's also a somewhat funny show, not bust a gut laughing that will bring tears to your eyes but it still has laughs in it. Mixology has a good idea, has a good ensemble of characters, and the actors play their parts well, so I expect this show to be one that will do good.

Lee Roberts
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