Since weâ€™re all friends here, Iâ€™m going to confess something. I watched season one of The Client List in all its cheesy goodness and Iâ€™m looking forward to season two, which returns to Lifetime tonight at 10/9 c.
For the uninitiated, itâ€™s a hour-long drama about a newly abandoned single mom, Riley, who lands aÂ day spaÂ job thatâ€™s not exactly what it seems. While some of the girls are outright hooking, Riley settles into a management role where she does some things but not everything andÂ becomes more of a sex therapist to her clients. Itâ€™s really not as salacious as the previews would have you think. Instead, itâ€™s more of a family drama with a twist.
Rileyâ€™s keeping the true nature of her job under the table from her familyâ€”mom Linette, BFF Lacey (October Roadâ€™s Rebecca Field), her two kids, and her deadbeatÂ husbandâ€™s brother, Evan (Colin Egglesfield, who also moonlights on TNTâ€™s Rizzoli & Isles)â€”while building a bank of funds since sheâ€™s now sole breadwinner. When we left off in season one, she was on the edge of being busted by the police and sheâ€™d finally started to see that Evan had stepped up in a huge way and was more than just a friend. Unfortunately, that also synched up with her husband, Kyle, returning from a self-imposed sabbatical in an attempt to win her back. Smart girlâ€™s response was â€œnot so fast there.â€
When we pick up tonight, if the previews are any indication, the crime stuffâ€™s been dealt with and Rileyâ€™s biggest drama is trying to begin a relationship with Evan (while Kyle is still in the picture) and managing the shenanigans at the spa.
The supporting cast also includes CybillÂ Shepherd as Linette, and Loretta Devine asÂ Riley’s boss, Georgia, who Iâ€™d assume are there to keep Hewitt from doing all the heavy lifting (sheâ€™s also a producer), but also look like theyâ€™re having a ball. Iâ€™ve enjoyed Hewitt for years and sheâ€™s very good as Rileyâ€”sassy, smart, sensitive, and of course, sexy, and she has chemistry for days with Egglesfield. The show is set in Texas, so the accents are a little thick across the board but it works fine (the only comedic thing about the setting is that anybody could drive 100 miles each way to a job as quickly as Riley does).
I thought Ghost Whisperer was dumped too soon by CBS,Â so Iâ€™m glad Hewitt and company gotÂ to come back and play for a second season of The Client Listâ€”and with 5 more episodes than the 10-episode first season order. Itâ€™s not rocket science, but itâ€™s entertaining.
You can catch a sneak peek here:
If you missed a few episodes or want toÂ refresh your memoryÂ before tonight, here’s aÂ quick recap of season 1:
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