Well, I Will Give Him This: I AM Watching Out
...I am just watching out for Jamie Luner for all the wrong reasons.
I tried so hard to be open-minded about Jamie Luner's Liza. I did! And then Charles Pratt gave a bunch of interviews about how awesome she is compared to the rest of the cast, who he apparently has no use for, and then the thing with the panties happened, and then she just wasn't onscreen for, like, weeks, and it was during those weeks that I found the recast to be the most plausible.
But I have finally decided to give up this hope and optimism and giving people the benefit of the doubt. This is not Liza! It would actually have been far more believable (and hilarious!) to bring her to Pine Valley as Cindy Lubbock than to try to pass her off as Liza. Way to go, Pratt, yet another opportunity squandered!
Everything that Liza is supposed to be is just not...there with Jamie Luner. I don't buy her as Colby's mother. I don't buy her as Adam's ex-wife. I also don't buy her as a lawyer, which isn't really a Liza complaint, but another WTF? to add to the large pile of WTFs that this show inspires. And why does her face not move? That is a horrible thing to say, I know, but this show confuses me and confusion makes me catty.
Above all, I do not buy her as a peer of Jesse, Angie and Tad. Darnell Williams? Handsome and never ages. Debbi Morgan? Gorgeous and never ages. Michael E. Knight?...is hilarious. All three are fabulous in their own way, but none of them are remotely in the same age bracket as Jamie Luner and they look absurd with her!
When she was talking to Amanda about how the last time she saw Amanda, Amanda was yay high and had baby teeth or whatever, it was equally absurd, because this Liza and Amanda are probably closer in age than Liza and her classmates are supposed to be.
ALSO, her plot to "have" Amanda's baby is completely asinine.
ALSO, Jamie Luner and Thorsten Kaye have anti-chemistry.
Tad: Oh, come on. Don't be unfair. I was timid. I was tame. I was palace eunuch. Different times, different man. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the "grab what's most important in life" Thaddeus Martin. I'm -- seriously, give it a shot.
Liza: Don't threaten me with a good time.
made me have flashbacks to Rock of Love, memories of which are better left unremembered. Again, this show leaves a trail of failure behind it.