People Magazine review of Linden Ashby's The War Next Door
From the July 24th People:
P i c k s & P a n s
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Show of the Week
The War Next Door
USA (Sundays, 9 p.m. ET)
High temperatures make for lower TV expectations. Just give us something new and a little different.
This half-hour comedy series (premiering July 23) clearly derives inspiration from MAD magazine's "Spy vs. Spy" feature, but it's original enough to be a summer bright spot. Ex-CIA agent Kennedy Smith (Linden Ashby) tries to lead a quiet life as a suburban family man and salesman for the House of Dreams auto dealership. Then his old nemesis, the dastardly Kreigman (Damian Young), moves in next door for the express purpose of continuing their "eternal dance of death." Young is weirdly funny as the self-described "evil supergenius" who'll do anything — take a car on a dangerous test drive, use his "supervixen" wife (Tara Rosling) as sexual bait — to provoke Smith into battle. It seems doubtful that Kreigman can maintain the vital element of surprise for very long, but keep an eye on him for at least a couple of episodes.
Bottom line: Spy on these guys
"The eternal dance of death" is going to be tiring week after week. But Kreigman's "supervixen" wife was pretty hot so if I were Susan Walters, I'd bitch to the producers to glam up my plain-Jane character.