Pratt Falls: Episode 10 – Chuck & Julie talk relationships

Not quite sure where the post went… since I am sure it was blogged on Sunday night. But here goes again.

Ellen & Portia are at it again, this time they have infiltrated the lair and overheard Chuck and Julie talk about the relationships on AMC they think will “sizzle” this summer. Yeah… “sizzle”

Also, Julie busts a move talking about how she wants to make the fans wait…

Watch “Imaginary Bitches” in HD!

While we anticipate the launch of Season 2 of “Imaginary Bitches”… the crew at IB central want all their fans to relive Season 1, now in HD!

Episode 1 has been uploaded to Strike.TV and can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Episode 1: It’s Not Easy Making Imaginary New Friends

So what are you waiting for? You know you want to watch it and have a laugh all over again!

Imaginary Bitches 1×07 – A Spiritual Bitch Bath

In this episode of IB, we meet, Brittany, a failed actress/yoga instructor who managed to steal away Eden’s previous boyfriend. In an attempt to cleanse her spirit and karma of doing Eden wrong, Brittany offers a free yoga class to Eden (and Brooke, who bargains for the extra slot – along with first pick of the yoga mats, the non-sweaty ones). It seems that Eden’s forgiveness is the only way for Brittany to get her spirit back in alignment.

Apparently, when Brittany stole Eden’s boyfriend, all sorts of darkness and bad descended upon her and the only way she could stop the onslaught was to immerse herself in all things new-age. And that darkness and bad wreaking havoc was apparently Eden, or, rather, Eden manifesting in the form of Brittany’s guilt- or karma, because apparently there was a disagreement between her Tarot cards and her rune stones… but it seems that Brittany’s incessant chanting of “Cease to be, scornful, bad-skinned spirit” drove Patrick nuts and he dumped her. And once that happened, the evil spirit went away. So Brittany quit her job to become a full-time yoga and meditation instructor (“You quit being an unemployed actress?” Brook brilliantly snarks) and the only thing that will get her back into spiritual alignment is Eden’s forgiveness.

So Eden takes Brittany up on her offer for a yoga class with Brooke tagging along. And we all know this will not end well… at least for Brittany.

The sad part is it’s apparent Brittany is an exceptional yoga/meditation instructor. She reads Eden’s spirit to such an extent that Catherine and Heather make themselves known to her. She believes them to be spirit guides existing on another plane and is very excited to interact with them.

However…

Upon threat of terrible illness, Katerina and Harriet (aliases for our beloved “Bitches”) encourage Brittany to “cleanse” herself by revealing some rather devastating secrets, despite her desire to offer up other ways of cleansing (Light some incense? Or fast? Buy a Prius?!) Instead, she is forced to admit such things as; she’s sleeping with a yoga student, despite the fact that he takes the class with his current girlfriend and Brittany’s only doing it to get a part in his movie; scamming a student by selling her Earl Grey tea mixed with tree bark; and that she is not astral projecting herself into another student’s subconscious, she’s just charging him for his wet dreams.

Each student storms out of the class, effectively ending Brittany’s career as a yoga/meditation instructor, but not before Eden, and Brooke, enjoy the destruction. When all is said and done, Eden offers up her forgiveness to Brittany, since, hey, Brittany kinda got what she deserved, and Brittany is left with an empty yoga studio…

Karma… it’s a bitch.

Pay close attention to Eden’s facial expressions once Brittany starts letting her secrets out. Our heroine is the picture of innocence, despite the fact that Brittany has read her spirit to such an extent that she’s managed to actually converse with Catherine and Heather! Even Brooke seems to be enjoying the utter devastation Brittany is experiencing before bolting the room with a supposedly non-sweaty yoga mat.

But who’s that guy in the back who never once breaks meditation? He looks like Waiter Guy to me.

P.S. to all the morons who have commented on the episode page on YouTube since it was a featured video the other day. You might try reading the show’s description before watching, crying about it, then posting a rude, obnoxious or just plain disgusting comment. If it’s porn you want, try looking up actual porn sites and stop trolling YouTube to get your jollies. I haven’t seen a pissier bunch of cry-baby 12-year olds in my life. Man, the crap that happens when grade school lets out for the summer… jeez…

P.P.S. I tagged Andrew in this entry and I don’t know why, but, since I don’t want to change my tags, let me just say… I like Andrew Miller. He created this funny show, writes a lot of this funny show and pimped this blog in the last IB Friends email… Plus, he got Eden to curse on tape. Thanks Andrew!

Imaginary Bitches 1×06 – Imaginary Sex

In connection to the previous post, where Mary Beth lists the word of the day, it’s time to review (albeit give the gist) of last Friday’s episode.

Apparently, Eden seems to be the only sane one in this whole episode. Brooke has sent her friend to see Dr. Kee, in an effort to find out why Eden is seeing “dead people.” Eden quickly corrects the doc and says that she’s seeing imaginary people, more so has imaginary friends. Dr. Kee renders the patient as possibly having “persona conflicta” in addition to making many references to his book. (Gee, product placement much, LOL.)

And of course, Heather and Catherine decide to crash the therapy session. No surprise here, though… as they start their little commentary, with Eden pretty much relaying everything their saying. Dr. Kee seems to either be amazed, annoyed or turned on by the Bitches, or maybe just Catherine and proceeds to send everyone away, except for Catherine.

I hope Eden didn’t pay for a full session since she was only in his office for 3 minutes. Then again, with how much of a quack Dr James Kee comes off as, it makes you wonder why Brooke is seeing him.

Watch and see why…

This was yet another episode that never ceases to crack viewers up. Sam Riegel had a hand in writing this episode and apparently, was responsible for the “word of the day” in our previous post. To put it boldly, Eden Riegel has stated that her brother is “GROSS!” as she told the loyal viewers in post-episode chat.

It’s great to see how each episode tackles something new. The story is continuous, but each episode brings something new to the table. Perhaps that is the best thing this show has going for them right now, nothing is repetitive and the writers are constantly giving viewers different views on the reactions to Eden’s new friends, the Bitches.

And with each passing episode, it’s become clearer and clearer that Eden is the sane one in all this craziness. In my opinion, Heather and Catherine are the best things that have happened to Eden. It’s made her more outspoken and more confident in a way. Let’s see what the coming episodes bring out in Eden, or rather what else the Bitches bring out from Eden.

On another note, since it has been mentioned (again during post-episode chat with Eden and Andrew) that Dr. Kee is an expert in self-love… maybe Mark should make an appointment with the doc. They do have something in common.

Watch Episode 7 of Imaginary Bitches this Friday, June 13 at 11 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. PT.

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Imaginary Bitches 1×04 – Sexy Single Chicks

What else can be said about “Imaginary Bitches”? The series just does not disappoint. Every episode gets better and better, there are more laughs in each one and it leaves viewers always wanting more. I have to applaud creator/director Andrew Miller on a job well done so far.

In episode 4, titled “Sexy Single Chicks”, the character, Jessalyn is introduced. The talented Jessalyn Gilsig plays the role of Jessalyn and let’s just say, if we thought Heather and Catherine were bitchy, Jessalyn plays bitch well, too.

In an effort to provide Eden with an environment for single people, Jessalyn invites her to a party at her place where other single people are present, because seeing Eden with her friends that are in serious relationships kind of turned her off.

Looks like Eden found a new friend, a single friend and one that isn’t imaginary. Did the bitches have anything to say about it?

Yes, they sure did.

But let’s just say Eden’s got her hands full now with Jessalyn in the picture. Watch and see:

Line of the episode: “We’re like the Black Panthers…”

Episode 5 of Imaginary Bitches airs this Friday, May 30, 2008 at 11:00 p.m. Eastern, 10:00 p.m. Central and 8:00 p.m. Pacific. Catch it at http://www.imaginarybitches.com

Imaginary Bitches – 1×03 – Girls, Girls, Girls

In last Friday’s episode of IB, Eden was confronted for the first time by best friend Brooke about her imaginary “friends” Catherine and Heather. Unable to avoid the truth, Eden admits she has these 2 hanging around, but insists they’re not her friends but rather “horrible bitches.” It seems that Brooke accidentally ran into Waiter Guy (okay, not so accidentally, it was at the café where they initially encountered him) and he explained about having an argument with Eden and Catherine. Eden initially tried to deflect the reason that relationship ended (“It’s bad enough he has sex with me and never calls, but now he’s making up crazy stories about me, too?”) but Brooke doesn’t buy it and point blank asks Eden about her Imaginary friends. Eden relents and grudgingly admits to having these two bitches for friends.

Brooke has mentioned this to her therapist, which mortifies Eden; “How comforting! At least I wasn’t making up the fact that I’m crazy.” Brooke; however, blames herself. Eden made up these friends because she, Lizzie and Connie were in committed relationships and bailed on Eden just because she’s single… Eden, on the other hand, insists that these two are not her friends but they give her someone to talk to about boys, dating and other things. Brooke declares war on Heather and Catherine, boldly stating she is going to “Reclaim” Eden. She makes plans to spend the evening with Eden and the other two, doing whatever it is they do, in order to send Catherine and Heather back to whence they came.

But when Brooke arrives at Eden’s it is much to the surprise of Catherine and Heather, who were certain she wouldn’t show. Brooke tells them they need to get used to disappointment. As they settle in to an evening of Grey’s Anatomy, Brooke is curious to know if “they” are talking about her. Eden says they are and relates the snarky things being said. Catherine thinks she’s a fat, selfish bitch who takes Eden for granted, and Heather wouldn’t mind taking Brooke’s boyfriend Michael for a “spin”, so to speak. Brooke is very earnest in her concern over Eden and the “friends” she’s conjured up, taking everything very seriously. Almost too seriously.

She takes charge, jumping to her feet “You know what? Screw you guys!” she exclaims. In order to prove to them that she has always been there for Eden, she proceeds to list off a series of embarrassing events, like when a boy she was dating announced to everyone that Eden let him get to 2nd base… or the time she failed her drivers test. Or when she failed to mention she was taking antibiotics, got drunk, then puked all over Brooke and Lizzie? She informs them in no uncertain terms that they can go. She will always be there for Eden. She is not leaving.

Unfortunately, she does just that a few minutes later. After Eden informs her the “girls” are still here, that they stay with Eden because their relationship is more real, because if they wanted to they could be anywhere. Drinking wine in Paris, chasing butterflies in Costa Rica… having sex with Michael.

Brooke chokes momentarily on this news. “What?!” she exclaims. “My Michael?” She’s amazed that they are so obsessed with him. As she prepares to give Catherine a piece of her mind, Eden blurts out that Catherine is suddenly gone. Brook is totally flummoxed… “What?” she practically squeaks. Eden doesn’t know where she is, but she’s gone, even though Heather is still there. Brooke has a moment to think and realizes something… grabbing her purse, she states that her work here is mostly done and she’s going to go see what Michael is doing. (Or more importantly, who he might be doing) With a parting “I love you” to Eden, she bolts.

Eden sits in stunned silence for a moment then hits the DV-R, restarting the show, so that she and Heather, who is still at Eden’s side, can watch from the beginning. If nothing else, there is one friend who has not abandoned her…

The episode ends with Eden eating a healthy bite of chocolate before looking at the TV. “Oh my God, what did she do to her hair?” The camera pans over to Heather, then back to Eden, who perfectly deadpans: “I know… she looks 40.”

This episode was wonderful with the introduction of one of Eden’s real friends with her two imaginary ones. Like the movie Lars and the Real Girl, it seems that her real friends are completely buying into these new acquaintances and are more than willing to interact with them. Instead of telling Eden to grow up, get over herself or act like an adult, they are willingly playing along to help Eden through this obviously rough time when she’s just not a full member of the group anymore.

Eden, on the other hand, as a ginormous attitude problem built up in her subconscious. Deep, deep, deep, deep down inside Eden resides an incredibly nasty, funny, barb-tongued beyatch. Catherine and Heather are allowing her to voice these barbs, insults and wickedly snide remarks at the abandonment by her “real” friends for their men while maintaining a charming and innocent facade. The wholesome, winsome, engaging face of Eden.

Brooke Nevin’s nonplussed responses to Eden’s commentary from Catherine and Heather, plus her brave attempts to stand up and drive the two out of Eden’s subconscious and her life was great work. The scene in which she almost hurt herself bolting Eden’s to get back home and save Michael from Catherine’s clutches was gold. And Eden, again, shines with her ability to play opposite a chair or a pillow and make it utterly and completely believable, convincing us with her portrayal that someone is truly there.

This series has such an endearing quality to it, tapping into the subconscious of us all in some fashion, because we’ve all been in this position at some point in our lives. Plus it delivers a wicked sense of humor that, as Brooke would say, “doesn’t mince any words” at all.

I just wonder how Eden’s other friends will react when it’s their turn to be skewered by Catherine and Heather…

Episode 4 of “Imaginary Bitches” airs this Friday, May 23rd at 11 p.m. Eastern, 10 p.m. Central and 8 p.m. Pacific.

Watch it at http://www.imaginarybitches.com or at http://www.youtube.com/user/ImaginaryBitches .

Imaginary Bitches 1×02 – Dirty Girls

Photo courtesy of Imaginary Bitches MySpace

The show just keeps getting better and better! And even though it’s only the second episode, I have to ask the question… How does Eden (the actress, not the character) do it? She doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to having scenes opposite herself and makes it all so believable. On that same token, I could not stop laughing at the conversations and the witty lines Eden delivered in this episode.

Episode 2 – Dirty Girls, mainly featured Eden (the character now, not the actress) having a long, in-depth (in my opinion) and bitchy conversation with Catherine and Heather, who enters midway through. Eden shows up at Lizzie’s place, ready to go shopping but Lizzie asks to wait an extra few minutes so she can look up a recipe on the Internet. Apparently, Lizzie cooks and is having a couples dinner party the next night. She invited Eden and told her to bring Waiter Guy, but Eden declines, mentioning the date with Waiter Guy didn’t end too well (and we know how that ended.).

While waiting, Catherine and Heather pop up and that’s when the ruckus began. Insults shoot back and forth… between the Bitches (Catherine and Heather), while Eden tries to find a reason for every naughty, snotty thing the Bitches are saying. Amidst all this, Lizzie asks Eden if she still wants to come to the dinner party. Eden suggests that Lizzie calls a guy from her office, who apparently is super-cheesy and slept around with every girl, claiming it’d be something different for her (Eden.) Lizzie disappears again to find that recipe.

Bitchy banter ensues… Eden ends up playing referee and viewers are left laughing at the hilarity on screen. For two characters that cannot be seen, it sure is fun seeing Eden hold conversations with pillows and a chair… talk about snotty, naughty and bitchy!

Hmm… now I wonder what Eden did with the rest of her day, though.

Episode 3 of “Imaginary Bitches” airs this Friday, May 16th at 11:00 p.m. Eastern.

Watch it at http://www.imaginarybitches.com

Pre-emptive thoughts for the next episode of “Imaginary Bitches”

Just a reminder to everyone that the second episode of “Imaginary Bitches” will air tomorrow night, Friday, May 9th at 11:00 p.m. Eastern.

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And now for some pre-show thoughts lurking in my head.

  • Will Eden see Waiter Guy again?
  • Will Lizzie, Connie and Brooke find out about Catherine?
  • What words of bitchy wisdom will Catherine have for Eden in this episode?
  • Who will Eden date next?

Tune in to find out what happens, because who knows what will happen.

Imaginary Bitches 1×01 – Eden Gets Bitch-slapped

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And now for my perspective of the first episode of “Imaginary Bitches”

It’s not easy making imaginary friends…

Honestly, it isn’t, because if you look at Eden (the character, not the actress, Eden Riegel), in the new web series, “Imaginary Bitches”… she’s having a hell of a time trying to understand them. Let alone, they sure are opinionated. I guess that’s why they’re bitches. *ba-dum-bum!* Caitlin said Waiter Guy’s t-shirt looked gay, while Catherine is telling Eden to move on, because long term relationships are out and one night stands are in, so next! And amidst all of that, we have Eden’s best friends doing all those couple-ly things like couples pottery (huh?), sex (ha! yeah, well yes this should be couple-ly…) and being all romantic with each other.

What has Eden been doing? Pretty much nothing. Well, except making new friends, who are imaginary and are turning out to be bitches. But hey, at least she’s got a way to get all her thoughts out because she can’t relate to Lizzie, Connie and Brooke.

She finds herself feeling a bit out of place amongst her friends, who are all in serious relationships. Trying to find a way to cope, Eden catches the eye of one of the waiters at the restaurant they are dining at, aptly coined as “Waiter Guy” and ends up sleeping with him that same night. Cut to the next morning as Eden basks in the afterglow of her night, while Waiter Guy is asleep, with a trail of drool hanging out of his mouth. She quietly gets out of bed and giddily calls her friends to let them know about the night she had, but isn’t able to “kiss and tell” because they’re all busy… with their significant others.

Cue the imaginary friends.

Catherine makes her grand appearance…well, not really, but they do to Eden and she babbles on and on to them until Waiter Guy finds her in the living room, talking to herself. Not sure how to reply, Eden just tells him the truth and while Waiter Guy finds is a little amusing at first (or maybe not so amusing), he really doesn’t take it well when Caitlin…er Catherine comments on the t-shirt he’s wearing. Okay, Eden was the one who verbalized it, but she claimed Catherine…or was it Caitlin (?) told her. And at that point, it is when Waiter Guy realizes Eden has gone from “cute to bat-shit crazy in 5 seconds.”

Any chance of a second date for Eden… gone.

Bitchy, huh? At least the girls don’t hold back.

“Imaginary Bitches” is destined to be a hit on the web. With the premiere episode garnering over 100,000 hits on youtube, it’s a clear indication that with an idea, talent and dedicated actors who are your closest friends and willing to go at it, then fans will definitely watch.

It’s quite refreshing to see this comedic side of lead star Eden Riegel. I always knew she was talented, because hello… Emmy and seeing her show viewers a side of her acting personality that isn’t immersed in so much drama is such a sight. It’s about time Eden kicks back and shows fans that she can do comedy and drop a swear word or two here and there.

Liz Hendrickson’s myspace profile describes Andrew Miller, Eden’s husband and creator of “Imaginary Bitches” as ‘close to perfect’ and I can see why. Miller has a talent for writing a witty script with a subtle snark here and there. And the script translates wonderfully as the cast delivers every scene with great comedic timing and talent. Eden informed fans during a post-show chat that he was a former actor and now a full-time writer… and I must say, Mr. Miller…Andrew, if I may call you that, keep on writing because you have a hit on your hands. The script for the first episode was great and I look forward to every episode that is coming our way.

The only complaint I have seen so far is with regards to the shortness of the episode. I can sympathize with that sentiment, but I’m not going to complain too much about it. I’ve missed seeing my favorite actresses Eden Riegel and Elizabeth Hendrickson sharing the same screen and now that I have that again, I’ll cherish every moment I can get.

Overall, I give this episode 4 out of 4 stars.

The next episode of “Imaginary Bitches” ares on Friday, May 9th at 11:00 p.m. Eastern. Be there! And spread the word!

Watch it at http://www.imaginarybitches.com

Imaginary Bitches, Episode 1 (1-01)

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The opening “credits”, if you will, are airy, fresh-faced shots of series star Eden Riegel; sunny, seemingly innocent images that evoke the openings of long ago sit-coms like That Girl and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. That peaches-and-cream naiveté that is so familiar. That image will be irreverently shattered approximately 2 minutes later…

The episode itself begins with Eden and her friends, Liz, Connie and Brooke, enjoying lunch in a sunny café. Each of her friends are complaining about their significant others while Eden sits in rather uncomfortable silence, either because she has nothing to contribute or because her friends complain incessantly about innocuous things, like boyfriends forgetting dinner parties or only finding interest in blow jobs, which, well, duh, Connie… Eden then finds an interest in “Waiter Guy”, catching his eye for a refill on her water and exchanging wonderfully coy glances with him.

Cut to the next morning, as Eden lies awake in bed with a grin on her face and looks over her shoulder to find “Waiter Guy” confidently drooling a puddle the size of Lake Michigan onto his pillow. Still pleased with herself, she scurries out of the room to call her friends, ostensibly to alert them her dry spell has ended in spectacular fashion.

Sadly, her friends still have those significant others. Liz and Jake are off to Couples Pottery (really? WTF?), Connie and Aaron are having sex, at that very moment (but how typical that a woman would answer the phone during the act, proof that once again, men have no idea what they’re doing), and Brooke apparently regales Eden with yet another “adorable” story about her boyfriend, something that Eden has obviously heard one too many times before, if her scanning through a magazine as Brooke prattles on is any indication.

Excited about the previous night’s activities and with no one to share the story with, Eden hangs up the phone and blurts out: “I had two orgasms!” with a self-satisfied grin (er, no pun intended). Image handily and significantly shattered. But it’s at this exact moment, when Eden so badly wants a friend to confide in, that one shows up for her… Catherine, no, Caitlyn, no, it’s Catherine. Who’s imaginary… Not really there… Made up… Fictitious… And a raging bitch.

Seemingly popping out fully formed from Eden’s subconscious, this “friend” immediately engages Eden in conversation. A bitch from the get-go, Catherine tries mightily to take the bloom off Eden’s rose over the previous night with “Waiter Guy”. Eden, for her part, staunchly defends herself. They argue for a moment, Eden informing Catherine in no uncertain terms that she and “Waiter Guy” had made a connection, both while awake and asleep.

It is at this unfortunate moment that “Waiter Guy” appears, catching Eden in the midst of her confrontation with Catherine, wanting to know who she was talking to. Attempting to cover, Eden flashes a look that mixes pure panic with just a hint of madness. Eventually unable to sell the lie and backed into a corner, she blurts out that she has apparently created an imaginary friend who is, honestly, a bit of a bitch. It’s at this point when Eden really sells it, relaying Catherine’s comments to “Waiter Guy” as if she actually is right there in the room with them.

“Waiter Guy” actually buys into it for a moment, both distressed and appalled that Catherine has remained in the room even after he arrived and is still doling out criticism and snarky attitude! Eden then informs him that Catherine thinks the shirt he wore the previous night was horrible and made him look gay and that he should burn it or come out of the closet. Eden then delivers a wonderful double-take to the pillow and mouths “What the f*ck?” to the obnoxious imaginary friend, knowing suddenly that this is not going to end well. “Waiter Guy” quickly regains himself and the best exchange of the entire show ensues:

WG: Wow… I mean, you’ve gone from really cute to, like, bat-shit crazy in 5 seconds flat!

Eden: Well, that’s two seconds longer than you lasted last night!

Uh-oh… Argument and budding relationship over…

At this point WG calls Eden a freak and storms out of the room. Eden explains in exasperation that it’s not easy to make imaginary new friends and is left alone to wonder what might have been… or what the hell she just did…

And that’s how the first webisode ends. Eden has herself a new friend. And because of that friend, she had a one-night stand instead of the beginnings of a new relationship…

Ain’t that a bitch?

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This is a series that shows an inordinate amount of promise, if the premiere episode and two previous teasers are any indication. Too many times we see trailers for shows and movies where the best scenes are included in those previews. Not so this time. The show delivered well beyond what we were teased with in the weeks leading up to its premiere.

It’s well-paced, well-written and directed by Eden’s husband Andrew Miller, and, to this point, wonderfully acted. Eden sells the conversations with Catherine so believably I fully expect to see Catherine sitting there dishing out her opinion. It’s got to be one of the hardest things in acting to do comedy and to do it opposite an empty chair. And make it seem very real. The eye rolls, the indignation, the “That’s bullsh*t” responses bring Eden right down to earth, effectively tearing away the saintly exterior bestowed upon her during her run as the sweet, put-upon Bianca Montgomery on All My Children. Suddenly, she’s human and we can identify with that.

That Catherine made her “appearance” so early was also wonderfully done, seemingly appearing out of necessity. I look forward to Heather’s introduction since bitches like to travel in pairs, it seems.

The dialogue is snappy, snarky and witty. The editing, done by Academy Award ® nominee T.S. Riegel (yes, a relative of Eden’s [her half sister, in fact] – this is, if nothing else, a labor of love and a family affair) is smart and crisp, especially in the scene referenced above and Eden’s well-timed comeback.

There is one drawback to this wonderful little series. The premiere episode was only 5+ minutes long. I could very easily sit and watch another 10 to 15 minutes on my laptop, because when you’re laughing that much, time passes very quickly.

It’s hard to believe this show is being shot on a shoe-string budget (or rather, almost no budget) with its polished look and feel.

What’s not so hard to believe is just how well it’s being done.