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by Kristin Dos Santos, E!Online
It was one of the most promising new series of the season, but after CBS X-d out show runner Diane Ruggiero and then X-d The Ex List from their Friday night lineup, this fun, girly dramedy starring Elizabeth Reaser became just another sad TV tale…and a source of frustration to fans who wanted answers.
“How would it have ended?” “Will we ever find out who was The One for Bella?”
Many of you fans have written in to beg for some kind of resolution, and, well, guess what I just scored? The exclusive answer from Ruggiero herself, plus inside scoop on whether we’ll ever see more episodes…
The answer is: Augie (Adam Rothenberg)!
It seems best friends can make the best lovers.
And according to Diane (who is currently working with Rob Thomas on the new Cupid for ABC), the key to the psychic’s prophecy was that Bella has to get married in a year or she will never marry, but she doesn’t have to get married to The One. Tricky, tricky! That is also the key to how the series would have lasted more than one season.
Here’s what Diane tells me of her Ex List vision:
“My plan was to end the first season with Bella getting married. Marina (the psychic) told her that she already dated The One and that if she didn’t marry within the year she’d never marry. She never said she had to marry The One within the year.
“Soooo, my plan was to have Bella hook up with an old college ex around episode 13. In the past, he had just started dating someone when he met Bella. He fell for Bella and dumped his girlfriend, only to have his relationship with Bella last for like a day. Now she meets up with him again. They hit it off like crazy. One problem, he’s engaged. The episode ends with Bella not wanting to wreck his engagement. She’s worried that she’s letting the prophecy cloud her judgment and she doesn’t want to ruin someone else’s potential happiness. Anyway, long freakin’ story short—episode 19 he comes back. He had ended the engagement anyway and is available.
“Bella, in the meantime, has entered a new phase in her relationship with Elliott. He’s her new best friend. And she’s had a huge fight with Augie and their friendship is on the rocks. The clock is ticking. She tells College Ex about the prophecy. He says they should get married. They head to Vegas. Elliott rushes to Vegas to stop them. He’s too late. Right after they tie the knot College Ex is telling a stranger at the casino the story of how he met Bella. He mentions that they were both dating someone else. Bella is confused. She was single when she met him—we flash back to a college party—Bella and Augie enter. She sees someone she used to date and doesn’t want to appear to be at the party alone. She tells Augie that he is her boyfriend for the night.
“Basically, Bella gets married then moments later realizes that Augie is the one. That was the season one plan.
“Hope you don’t think it blows.”
What say you? Comment below!
By the way, as of last week The Ex List (sans Ruggiero) was actively casting for episode 12 (only four eps were ever aired). I inquired about that, and I’m told, “The studio is finishing production.” Now, I’m also told CBS has no airdates planned for future episodes, but it sounds like there might be episodes in the can for a future release online or on DVD.
In the meantime, Ruggiero has rejoined forces with her old Veronica Mars buddy Rob Thomas to work on his new Cupid for ABC.
Just call it the ex-Ex List.
CBS is pulling the struggling freshman drama off its schedule, effective immediately. An Eye insider confirms that the show’s Friday 9 p.m. time slot will be filled this week with an NCIS rerun.
Since debuting last month, Ex List has been squandering nearly half of the audience of its lead-in, Ghost Whisperer. Last Friday’s installment hit a series low 5.1 million viewers (compared with 9.9 for GW).
by Matt Mitovich, TV Guide
It would seem that Bella will never reunite with her one true love. CBS has pulled The Ex List from its Friday line-up effective immediately. To date, 11 episodes (including the pilot) had been filmed, so seven remain unaired.
Despite debuting to decent critical notices, The Ex List has struggled in its berth between heavy hitters Ghost Whisperer and Numbers – both of which hit season highs this past week, while the Elisabeth Reaser-starrer sank to a low.
The Ex List premiered to 7.2 million viewers, which at the time was an “OK” 77 percent retention of the Ghost Whisperer audience. This past Friday, however, the freshman drama lost its grip on a full 43 percent of its lead-in, and was down 22 percent from its so-so debut.
Cyrus and Bella head to the beach to catch a wave and be sittin’ on top of the world (ooh-wah, ooh-wah, ooh-wah), but the plans are thwarted when a monster truck goes all Veronica Mars on Bella’s surfboard. She does run into Shane, though, a surfer dude from Mexico. FLASHBACK TIME!
I know I said it last week, but this really is my favorite part of the show. The strains of Sister Hazel usher us back to 1995, where Shane is a long-haired lime-stealing hippie. Apparently they are stuck in Mexico with no money or food, hence the lime stealing. On the brightside, they’ll stave off scurvy? Bella decides to leave him because he’s directionless and too crunchy-granola for her. She then breaks up with him on his video camera while he hangs ten. Snerk.
Back at the beach, Shane tells her he’s lived all over, most recently El Salvador, and he invites her to go surfing the next day. He also gives her a replacement board because he’s a big fancy surfer now who gets surfboards for free from sponsors. An adoring crowd swarms him as he walks away. Bella is hooked. What will be wrong this week? Directionless guy is now too corporate?
Our Fearsome Foursome are at the beach surfing and/or lounging. Woo, does Bella have on some tiny little bikini! Is that some bottom boob I see? Vivian gets a catcall from some of her students and Bella tells her she’s a living Van Halen video. Haha! Back at home, Bella’s window screen has been cut so they could steal her iPod off its player. Man, that sucks. But the cop is her ex-boyfriend Ronnie Helton. Mmmm. Up against the wall and spread ‘em, indeed. (If you think I’m going to lay off the cop-terms-as-innuendo humor, think again my friends!)
Flashback time! This is my favorite part of the show, I think. It’s 1991 and “Right Here, Right Now” plays as 16 year-old Bella sneaks out to meet Ronnie. She gets busted by her dad, who promptly ships her off to her grandmother’s house for the summer.
Back in the present, Ronnie “takes her statement” and then calls her on checking his left hand for a ring. HAHA! I’ve never had a guy call me on that. She says she’s not a ring-checker. Oh please, girlfriend. Once you’re over the age of 24, you have to do it. He then Dragnets “just the fact, ma’am” and asks her if she’s going to look 16 forever. Hmm. Half compliment, half creepy….READ FULL RECAP
We join the Fantastic Four as they set up the kiddie pool and discuss Tommy, the ex whose cat Bella found. Turns out Tommy was her prom date from high school. Elliott the Romantic Anvil stops by to pick up Rufus and Bella is less than friendly. The Foursome is then off to their Annual Watch Crazy People Exert Themselves While We Eat and Drink Brunch, where they watch a local marathon and drink beer and eat brunch. Now that is my kind of annual event. The Chicago Marathon is coming up, maybe that’s what I’ll do on Sunday! As they discuss googling their exes, a runner in the race tosses his water cup on Bella. When he stops to apologize, it turns out to be Jake Turner, an ex from her grad school days. This ushers us into Flashback Land…READ FULL RECAP
The last time we saw Elizabeth Reaser, she was having a nervous breakdown on Grey’s Anatomy, which had been preceded by a disfiguring accident, a bout of amnesia, facial reconstruction and, finally, a love affair gone awry. This season, she’s left the Debbie Downer role behind to star in her own series, The Ex List, as a woman who’s told by a psychic that if she doesn’t marry within a year, she never will. Reaser gives us the lowdown. — David A. Keeps
TV Guide: Your character, Bella, is in a race to the altar. Do you have a matrimonial timetable?
Elizabeth Reaser: My older sister is married and that took a lot of pressure off me. She had the greatest wedding of all time, the three most beautiful children of all time, and her husband is the greatest brother-in-law you could ever ask for. So I’m covered; I can go be a crazy-actress diva.
TV Guide: Your role on Grey’s Anatomy was pretty heavy. Is it fun to finally lighten up?
Reaser: [Nods] Because I’m always being tragic, anything where they’re making a buffoon out of me, I love. The more buffoonery, the better!
TV Guide: Your character in The Ex List is told she’s already met her intended, so she starts looking up her old lovers. Have you ever done that?
Reaser: I have, yeah, and they rejected me. So I have plenty to draw on. I remember my first breakup. I was 14 and devastated. I got dumped. And it doesn’t get any better. The only difference is that when you’re 14, you think you’re never going to get over it.
TV Guide: Does Bella have a type?
Reaser: I think they’re all over the place. That’s what’s cool about Bella. She has no type. In Mythological Ex, the Israeli series this is based on, there’s even a woman, and it’s a totally hot story line. I went to drama school, so there was a lot of that. Girls experiment all the time.
TV Guide: What actors are on your wish list for playing some of the exes?
Reaser: I don’t think he’s available, but I’d love to work with Justin Chambers again. [Laughs] And I hear Patrick Dempsey is really hard up for work these days, so if he wants to call me, we can talk about it!
TV Guide: Your character spends a lot of time half-dressed. Did you have to work out a lot to get that amazing body?
Reaser: I’ve always been active and athletic, but, yeah, I had to step up the yoga, Pilates and swimming. When I found out that I was going to be in bikinis, I pumped it up. It definitely keeps you mindful of what you put in your mouth!