Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty, Living TV

by | May 23, 2007 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

The eponymous gap-toothed bitch helps a couple of individuals too gutless to finish with their partners to end their relationships in unique and ‘fun’ ways. To get us to root for the dumpers, Shannen and her team made sure that the victims were the type of partner to give you nightmares. The misanthropes who devised this show – step forward Scott W Hallock, Kevin S Healey and Shannen herself – need lining up and shooting. A nasty premise for a show, with unpleasant members of the public, hosted by a cruel presenter. We won’t be watching again.

Highlights/lowlights (depending on how cruel you’re feeling)

• First couple up Tamara and Stephen visit a restaurant run by a ‘psychic chef’ and his translator (really a couple of actors) for some relationship advice. When the translator revealed she had recently started dating women, progressive thinker Stephen uttered the immortal lines, “Normally I’d say that was too much information, but you’re hot. There’s nothing better than a hot lesbian.”

Stephen came across as a rude, unsympathetic, hypercritical dickhead. He seemed to take being dumped in his stride, interrupting Shannen to comment how much hotter she was in real life, and asking if she was ovulating (!) Despite being a plastic Barbie-type, our sympathies lay with Tamara.

• Jeremy and Lydia were the second couple. Lydia has taken a job in a (fake) call-centre doling out relationship advice – something she could do with heeding herself, as she is obviously an extremely jealous control freak.

• Both Lydia and Jeremy get extremely upset during the break-up – and Shannen shows she’s not completely without human kindness by trying to empathise with Lydia.

Luke Knowles

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