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Character Rehab: How to fix Bash from 'Reign'

Here at EW, we have a series in which we — and readers — weigh in on ways to rehab much-maligned characters on some of our favorite shows.

When we first met Sebastian in Reign‘s pilot, I thought I knew what to expect from the bastard son of the castle. He was Francis’ brother, the one without all of the royal expectations weighing on him. He had a sense of freedom, and therefore, an edge. He was the “bad boy” who more than likely had a heart of gold. But most importantly, he had eyes for his brother’s girl. I was immediately intrigued by the possibilities.

However, with every passing episode of Reign, I have become more and more confused with Bash’s role. It’s not that I dislike him. It’s that I don’t know how to feel about him, because I don’t know who he is. For the most part, Bash has remained a secondary character. We see him in every episode, but it’s rare that he’s central to a story (unless it involves Pagans). And that lack of interaction with him has made it hard for the show to fully develop his character. So far, I feel like Bash fills whatever role the writers need him to fill each week. That’s not to say that his character has been inconsistent. He’s just been consistently under-developed.

From what I know of him, he seems like a good brother and a good son. But what are his character traits? The one time he kissed Mary — which felt rushed to me — he seemed sarcastic and playful. When he’s with his mother, he seems very sensitive but also strong. He’s portrayed as a bit of a jokester, but not to an extreme. And I have no idea if he’s supposed to have kept up his “bad boy” image that I detected in the pilot. Other than him being hated by Catherine, I don’t see anything bad about him. And, so far, the only intriguing storyline for Bash was the idea that he might have a history with the Pagans, but that turned out to be a plot point for his mother more so than him.

I know we’re only halfway through the first season, but based on the way that the show is using Bash, I feel like I should know him better, or at least that the show thinks I know him in a way that I don’t. So here’s how I think the show could fix his character moving forward:

Give him more screen time, particularly on his own: Considering Bash and Mary ended the mid-season finale by riding away from the castle together, I would suspect that we will be getting more Bash time when the show returns. And that’s exciting for me, because I think the first step in developing Bash is showcasing him a bit more. That being said, I’d really love it if they allowed Bash some time on his own. Where does he go when he rides away from the castle? Does he have a bunch of local buddies he goes hunting with? I’d love to meet them and get to know Bash outside the castle walls. Inside the castle, he always seems to be playing a particular role and/or conforming to the opinions of those around him, and I want to see him in a completely carefree state. I want to see Bash just being Bash. Is he sarcastic? Does he like animals? Who are his ex-girlfriends? I sort of know Bash’s world within the royal family, but that tells me nothing of who he is within his own world, or even what he thinks of himself.

Give him a girlfriend who isn’t Mary: Alright ‘shippers, hear me out. I’m not saying that Bash and Mary can’t have a thing in the future, but in order for me to root for a couple, I first have to like both members on their own. And watching Bash interact with a girlfriend would tell me a lot about him. Plus, Bash having a girlfriend would make Mary incredibly jealous, and before we knew it, the love triangle would be more than just a drunk Mary stumbling into Bash’s lips every now and then.

Let him be the bad brother: Nothing on any television show should be black and white. Every character needs complexity, but on the surface, I’m not against letting Bash be the “bad” brother. Obviously, the bad brother can have a good side and a great heart — Hello, Damon Salvatore — but right now, Bash is too bland for me. They’ve shown snippets of him sneaking alcohol to royal events and making witty remarks about the world in which he lives, but that’s all we’ve gotten — snippets. I want Bash’s personality to shine. If he’s snarky, I want him to have at least one memorable one-liner every episode. And if he’s a drinker, then let him get drunk and say something he might later regret to Mary. Let this boy have a little adventure!

Stop having others speak for him: So far, Bash’s mother has told him how much he loves Mary, but we haven’t heard Bash speak for himself on the matter. If you combine two of my earlier suggestions, you could have him get a little drunk with his hunting buddies and end up spilling all his feelings sitting around a campfire. I don’t really care what the scenario is, as long as it comes from Bash. He needs to step out of the background and assert himself and his feelings. Does he even want to live in the castle? What does he want to do with his life? I have so many questions!

Let him enjoy his brother (especially in flashbacks): The biggest role that Bash has played thus far is the role of Francis’ brother, which makes me want to know more about their relationship. They seem close, but did they grow up that way? Give me some flashbacks of the two of them having fun as kids. Heck, let them go have some fun now! Get away from the women and the castle and go be boys for a bit. And no, I don’t count hunting Pagans in the woods as having fun. Let them play poker (or some time-appropriate game), and laugh. You really get to know someone when they let their guard down, and there’s no better way to get to know a big brother than to watch him hang out with his little brother.

Character Rehab: How to fix Morgan on 'The Mindy Project'

In this weekly series, EW — and readers — weigh in on ways to rehab much-maligned characters on some of our favorite shows.

Clearly, Ike Barinholtz is a funny guy. He’s an alumnus of Chicago’s famed improv comedy scene; he’s had successful stints on MADtv and Eastbound & Down; he’s a writer as well as a performer, making him extra sensitive to what makes a good punchline. Last year, his talent even earned special  notice from his boss: Mindy Kaling created nutty ex-con nurse Morgan Tookers especially for Barinholtz.

But who is Morgan, exactly? Well… he’s a nurse. And an ex-con; we know that for sure. (Though how this guy ever successfully committed a crime is anybody’s guess; then again, maybe that’s why he went to prison.) More than anything, though, Morgan’s a sort of all-purpose weirdo, a shaggy collection of random quirks (He’s keeping a stray dog in the office! He’s carrying an egg beater to a nightclub! He’s bringing a Spanish karaoke machine to a Christmas party!) and arbitrary one-liners (“They used to call me the Loch Ness Morgan, mostly because I would show up blurry in photographs”).

Mindy‘s first season was so inconsistent that Morgan’s general oddness felt sort of like an anchor; no matter what else was going on, you knew Barinholtz would show up at some point to liven and/or mess things up. But if Mindy really does want to improve in season 2 — as its solid premiere episode indicates — Morgan’s character could use some serious fine-tuning. Here are a couple of ideas to start:

Character Rehab: How to fix Roy Harper from 'Arrow'

Here at EW, we have a weekly series in which we — and readers — weigh in on ways to rehab much-maligned characters on some of our favorite shows.

Roy Harper is the brooding bad boy of The Glades. Or at least he was before The Glades were leveled in Arrow‘s season 1 finale. So now, what will become of Thea’s very attractive beau?

Let’s backtrack: We first met Roy when he was simply the thief who stole Thea’s purse. From there, he evolved into the cute loner with a rough background who couldn’t help but fall for Thea. And then, after being saved by The Hood, he decided that his mission was to discover The Hood’s identity, seemingly so that he could join him in his crusade. But other than his feelings toward Thea, his minor attitude problem, his police record, and a few stints of heroism, what is there that we can really latch on to with Roy?

I want to clarify that I do like Roy. I’m just not sure what it is that I like (other than his face). Only appearing in eight episodes thus far, Roy remains a very one-dimensional character. So on his journey to potentially become Red Arrow, I also want to see him become a fully rounded character, not just some guy who fights crime alongside Oliver. Here’s how I think Roy can be fixed in season 2:

Character Rehab: How to fix Frank Gallagher on 'Shameless'

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Frank Gallagher is a shameless bastard. (Pun intended.) He always has been, and that’s why Shameless viewers love him, hate him, and love to hate him. But what makes this drunken vagrant of a father to Fiona, Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl, and Liam Gallagher such an interesting character to watch is also one of the show’s biggest problems. The Showtime dramedy, so far, has shown three seasons of the impish William H. Macy manipulate, scheme, and use anyone and anything to serve his own purposes, which mainly consists of drinking, ingesting drugs, and having sex.

With season 4’s premiere on Jan. 12, another 12 episodes of Macy acting drunk, self-serving, and occasionally funny will be repetitive and dull. By now, we get who Frank is and how he operates. So what else is there? Although Frank is due for a visit to an actual rehab, he can also use a character rehab to make him more complex and compelling. Before Showtime’s dysfunctional family dramedy returns early next year, here are four fixes to make the Gallagher patriarch a more dynamic — and watchable — character.

Character Rehab: Everyone on 'Under the Dome'

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Under the Dome is one of the biggest success stories of the summer 2013 TV mini-season. Adapted from the Stephen King novel about a small town cut off from the outside world, Dome earns great ratings in its Monday time slot. It was renewed for a second season and seems destined to become a fixture on the CBS summer calendar. And there is a lot to like about Dome. The first episode introduced a whole array of interesting characters with mysterious backstories, all brought together by the mysterious Dome. Unfortunately, every episode since the pilot has made all of those interesting characters vastly less interesting.

Character Rehab: How to fix Sarah Braverman from 'Parenthood'

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The Bravermans are one of television’s greatest families. Whether they’re teaching us valuable lessons, screwing up their own lives, or just cooking dinner, we can’t help but love them. However, there is one thing that needs some adjustment within the clan: Child number two, Sarah. Although we love that she and Crosby were always the so-called screw-ups amongst the original siblings, there’s only so much of that we can take before the whole being-an-adult thing needs to kick in.

And after watching Sarah chase after men and search for her passion for four seasons, now is the time for her to take things to the next level … without losing her charming sense of humor, of course. We don’t want this screw-up to go perfectly straight-and-narrow. Rather, here’s what we suggest: READ FULL STORY

Character Rehab: How to fix April from 'Grey's Anatomy'

Here at EW, we have a new weekly series in which we — and readers — weigh in on ways to rehab much-maligned characters on some of our favorite shows.

Oh April. You’re so cute and sweet. But you are really annoying as hell, sometimes. What are we going to do with you on Grey’s Anatomy? Here are a few thoughts. READ FULL STORY

Character Rehab: How to fix Sam Merlotte on 'True Blood'

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Season 6 of True Blood is coming to a close, and the numerous deranged plot lines have shown fans just how far most of our staple characters have strayed from their simplicities of season 1. Although it is impossible to define any True Blood character as “normal,” there are a handful (a small handful) of Bon Temps regulars that, for quite a while, seemed to satisfy that homegrown, sense-of-comfort presence in their little Louisiana bubble.

Before he became his own worst enemy, succumbing to the baggage carried by numerous venal female love interests and burdensome family members, Sam Merlotte was one of those presences that fell on Bon Temps’ “normal” spectrum. So he’s a shifter, so he has a dirty past of conning and stealing — the gentle, supportive bar owner still made a living on maintaining the town’s favorite local establishment and the local relationships that came with it.

The books may have already penned Sam’s fate, but as the HBO adaptation continues to stray into unpredictable realms of crazy, it could be possible to salvage Sam’s charming humanity. Maybe I stand alone, but as this addictingly ludicrous show progresses into another season of sex, drugs, and supernatural creatures, it would be nice to see the once-uninvolved Sam take a much needed emotional bath.

But how can he start fresh? Let’s brainstorm:

Character Rehab: How to fix Daenerys from 'Game of Thrones'

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There are plenty of reasons why Game of Thrones should not have worked as a TV show, and one of them is Daenerys Targaryen. Or Daenerys Stormborn, or the Mother of Dragons, or Dany, or Khaleesi, or whichever nickname honorific you prefer. The adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series was always going to have a massive cast, but at least in the early days, most of that massive cast is located in roughly the same place. We meet the Starks and Lannisters in a memorable get-together at Winterfell; and even now, three seasons into the TV show, most of the key characters on the show are still living on the same continent.

Character Rehab: How to fix Jeremy on 'The Mindy Project'

Here at EW, we have a new weekly series in which we — and readers — weigh in on ways to rehab much-maligned characters on some of our favorite shows.

The Mindy Project returns this fall — Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 9:30 p.m., to be exact — with a slew of attractive male guest stars. It’s no secret that Mindy likes her man meat male companions, but there are but a few that stick around for the long haul. Along with her will-they-or-won’t-they other half Danny (Chris Messina) and lovably insane nurse Morgan (Ike Barinholtz), smarmy Dr. Jeremy Reed (Ed Weeks) holds one of the only constant male presences on the Fox comedy series. But unlike Messina’s and Barinholtz’s characters, Weeks’ portrayal of the British OB/GYN hasn’t been developed as a multi-dimensional character. I’ll admit, he’s not my type of British guy. He’s more debonair and classically handsome than gawky and Cumberbatch-y. But that’s not why his character leaves something to be desired.

At the start of the first season, Mindy and Jeremy’s hookups were fun to watch. Equally as interesting was not having to endure major drama when those flings stopped. Not making a big deal out of two co-workers ending their casual hookups while maintaining a collegial work relationship is actually pretty revolutionary for TV. But after getting past his womanizing and inflated sense of self, Jeremy is pretty boring. By the end of the season, he was lucky to land a few funny quips per episode, and yet none were as hilarious as those from scene-stealer Morgan. He’s lucky to have not ended up like the other supporting characters that were retooled or replaced altogether. As a result, here are a few ideas to transform Jeremy into a unique and valuable presence for the show’s sophomore season:

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