Love Bites is a 45-minute series whose episodes are made up of mini sketches involving the three main characters and their circle of friends. The stories are separate but intertwined by their connection to Judd and Colleen Roucher, a couple who does tattoos for a living and Annie Matopoulos, a single lady wanting to find someone special after she realizes that she is among the last in her group who is still single.
Love Bites struck me as a miniseries version of Love Actually, or Valentines’ Day. The pilot actually focused on Annie’s friend Cassie, who lies that she’s a virgin to get a guy, Judd finding himself sitting next to Jennifer Love Hewitt on a plane. Hewitt, as it happens, is the only woman on his celebrity exemption list, a list that he and Colleen created of people that they can sleep with guilt free, and Judd’s story revolves around deciding whether to make a move or remain faithful to his wife. Another story featured Judd’s friend Carter who loses his job at approximately the same time that he finds out that his fiancee enjoys her time with a vibrator than fooling around with him.
Whats good about the series so far is that viewers can be sure that there will be something different every week when they tune in. New guest stars will fill their screens, such as Michelle Tratchenberg, Laura Preppon, Jim Beaver (I’m a Supernatural nut so I’m psyched about Bobby’s spot), Beau Bridges, Ben Feldman, and countless others. The main stars are familiar as they have appeared in other shows and are quite likable as they portray regular people who screw up, work for a living, hang out, and deal with regular people problems like the rest of us.
What I didn’t find too appealing about the show is that the snippets of stories that are featured are just that — snippets. It seemed rushed and limited, making it seem like filler stories rather than part of a bigger picture. I understand what the show is trying to achieve but I just can’t help feeling that the overall impact got lost in a sea of good ideas. As a result, the show misdirected its priorities to quantity rather than quality, ending stories abruptly and starting on new ones even before rapport is established with the viewers. As a result, the show loses its audience rather than draws them in.
If I would base my decision of sticking with it based on the first episode, I think that I would have to pass on the next one, even if I’m looking forward to the guest spots of some of my favorite stars.