Over the next many weeks we'll be presenting short preview trailers as part of the MediaWorks Guide to Fall TV, a series of video cheat sheets to help you stay on top of the cultural/media conversation about the season's brand new shows. We won't be previewing every series premiere (life's too short and there's way too much new TV), but we've got our eye out for the shows that fans and/or critics seem to be most buzzed about -- starting with "Ringer," which debuts tonight on The CW at 9/8 C.
Here's The CW's incredibly convoluted description of the show:
Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister -- only to learn that her sister's seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she's trying to leave behind. Bridget is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado, Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm. In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan. Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin, Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy-tale life -- a life where no one knows that Bridget exists. The sisters seem to be mending their frayed relationship, until Siobhan disappears overboard during a boat trip, and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister's identity. She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but also about Siobhan's best friend, Gemma, and Gemma's husband, Henry. And when someone tries to kill Bridget in her sister's penthouse, she realizes she is no safer as Siobhan than she is as herself.
Uh... got that ?
If you're a fan of Sarah Michelle Gellar -- who has been something of a cult-meets-mainstream figure since her days playing Buffy Summers on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" -- be advised that the trailer below shows some hot Sarah-Michelle-on-Sarah-Michelle action (well, she hugs herself).
Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. Follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.