May 14, 2013

THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: ABC Trailer – “Betrayal”


BETRAYAL will be the latest inhabitant of ABC’s Sunday 10PM soap hour, trying to outdo such recent occupants as GCB, Red Widow, 666 Park Avenue and Pan Am.  It stars Hannah Ware as the wife of a prosecutor who discovers too late that the man she’s having an affair with is the defense attorney opposing her husband on a huge case.

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The Betrayal trailer doesn’t do any more than lay out the show’s premise–at the very end, Ware’s character has just discovered who her lover is–so it’s hard to tell just where the show intends to go.  The one conclusion that seems clear is that this is one very soapy soap, all lush perfume-commercial visuals and romantic music.  If the show intends to feature the kind of heavily plotted twists of Revenge or Scandal, they’re not evident here (although clearly James Cromwell is up to no good), and if it’s just the story of One Woman’s Heartbreak, ABC can write off a lot of potential audience.  Unless there turns out to be some grittier substance beneath the suds, Betrayal may quickly join the parade of ABC’s Sunday exits.

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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."