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“Whodunnit?” is No “Clue”

I wasn’t expecting Mrs. White in the kitchen with the revolver, but I did think ABC’s new murder mystery show, Whodunnit?, would be a lot more entertaining. 

I watched the premiere on Sunday night as I packed for a trip, so the show had about 90% of my attention (which is a shame because I forgot to pack enough shirts to last through my vacation…oops!). The premise was simple – figure out who is going around killing people and you will win $250,000. It started off OK – the contestants all gathered and tried to figure each other out, and it was time to solve the first case.

As we started to get to know the contestants during their talking heads, it became clear that most of these people were super boring. One woman right off the bat tried to take the villain role, but she was so boring that I couldn’t even start hating her. I did like Dontae, who made me laugh by lying about being a writer and then sharing, “I do write – I write Facebook posts, Twitter posts.” Of course, SPOILER ALERT, he ends up the first contestant booted off (well, he actually “dies” because that is what happens when these people are kicked off the show).

Most of the show consisted of the contestants attempting to figure one another out, and then looking for clues in a morgue (which was in their mansion – that’s creepy) and other locations. As the program progressed, it became clear that there would be fake drama and I started to get the sense that these people were coached into showing emotions, because a lot of their reactions didn’t seem genuine. I was hoping that this would be an actual game show and not reality TV lite, but it looks like I was wrong.

I loved the idea of this show because I love mysteries so much, and I will most likely give it another chance this week, but I am pretty bummed by this less-than-stellar opening episode. Bring back Dontae, and I won’t be so bitter!

Did you watch Whodunnit? What did you think about the show?

By Catherine

Catherine is a Southern California based freelance writer, whose work has appeared in everything from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. The highlight of her life (so far) was being featured on MSNBC for a story she wrote on Hello Kitty wines...she knew one day her love of all things HK would come in handy.

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