Burn Off: 'Reaper' Goes to iTunes

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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The CW is going to add "Reaper" to iTunes today, sources say, making the show's season-to-date episodes available for download.

The network faces a tough call whether to pick up this show, whose ratings have been very bubbly, even by CW standards. Everybody agrees the pilot was spot-on. "Reaper" gets good press, with the current issue of Entertainment Weekly running an item urging viewers to watch. Ray Wise, who plays the devil, has practically become the network's new spokesman.

Everybody also agrees, however, that "Reaper" has yet to match the promise of its pilot. Witty dialogue has been sparse of late. The show is still trying to figure out what to do with its female lead. Producers plan to introduce more serialized elements tracking Sam's efforts to get out of his contract with the devil, but pushing the comedy back to whip-smart level is their main goal.

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