"Reaper", the pilot of which aired earlier this week, was directed by Kevin Smith, of all people. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really, really should. The most apt comparison would be to call it a TV show channeling the spirit of Idle Hands.
It doesn’t have any of the gore or killer hand-ness of Idle Hands, but it has the same infectious fun of teenagers and occult wackiness. See, Sam (Bret Harrison), our slacker protag, had his soul sold to the devil by his parents before he was even a glint in their eyes. On his 21st Birthday, the Devil (played effortlessly by Ray Wise) finally comes to redeem his IOU and have Sam become one of his bounty hunters. Apparently people break out of Hell all the time and the Devil has an obvious need to bring ’em back.
It’s a funny show with great characters and great actors to bring them to life. It is not exclusively horror, as may be implied by me posting about it, but it does have a darker seam running through all its comedy. Irregardless of the genre, just know it is one of the more successful, more original shows of the season and has loads of potential. Which means that the CW is probably going to cancel it.
So watch it Tuesdays at 9 on the CW while you still can.