Comic-Con: Reaper Panel Report

Comic-Con: Reaper Panel Report

Post by Full Time Lurker, Part Time Poste » Sun, 29 Jul 2007 14:32:45

Comic-Con: Reaper Panel Report

Posted Jul 27th 2007 11:49PM by Julia Ward
Filed under: Other Drama Shows, Industry, Celebrities
Ray Wise in Reaper Comic-Con
Is there a better way to kick-off a panel than by having director
Kevin Smith tell impossibly crude jokes about Stan Lee's ***? I
think not. Smith was in town to screen the pilot for The CW's Reaper,
which premieres this fall. Smith's involvement with the show beyond
the pilot is unclear. He didn't write it although he could have. It
would just be way dirtier and not on The CW.

TV Squad reviewed Reaper a couple of months ago. The basic premise is
as follows: On his 21st birthday, Sam discovers that his parents sold
his soul to the devil. He must now play "reaper" to the devil -
capturing souls that have escaped from hell and sending them back. Sam
is your conventional slacker. He still lives at home with his parents,
doesn't have a girlfriend and works at Wal-Mart-type store with his
buddy Sock. Sock, played by Tyler Labine, is clearly in contention for
the Next Jack Black award. The devil is played by Twin Peaks' Ray
Wise, and he is most excellent.

The one difference between this cut of the pilot and the one TV Squad
reviewed is that the role of Andy, Sam's love interest, has been
recast. She's now being played by Missy Peregrym, or as you may know
here, Candice from Heroes. Seeing the two versions spliced together is
monumentally distracting - mostly because Bret Harrison's (Sam) hair
keeps changing from scene to scene. He's blonde. He's brunette. He's
blonde. He's brunette. Slight continuity problem, but it's not enough
to derail what is one of the most promising shows of the fall
television season.

Kevin tried to keep the panel on target and talking about Reaper, but
that wasn't really possible with the loquacious Smith. By the close of
the event, he had talked about dog***, dissed a belligerent deaf
dude and bemoaned his pained prostate. And, he couldn't have been
funnier doing it.