June 15, 2010By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 15, 2010
After our managing editor, Gabby, interviewed Kevin G. Schmidt (Noah, Y&R) about his new Cartoon Network show, UNNATURAL HISTORY, I was so intrigued I had to tune in for Sunday night's premiere! Guess what? I'm already hooked!
Schmidt plays headstrong teen Henry, who has been packed off to Smithson High School in Washington DC by his globe-trotting anthropologist parents. Henry's life lessons have been learned all over the world, and he's not technologically plugged in or hip to the latest teen lingo. Fortunately, his Indiana Jones-esque smarts and fighting skill are a perfect fit for the weird goings-on at Smithson, affiliated with the Smithsonian museum right next door! As the central character, Schmidt has to carry the show, and he does it with wit and charm. Henry is just so engaging and adorkable. I love that he's socially awkward, but incredibly savvy in other ways.
Joining Schmidt are Jordan Gavaris as Henry's cousin, Jasper, Italia Ricci as Maggie (she's the Hermione Granger to their Harry Potter and Ron Weasley) and Martin Donovan as the school principal and Jasper's father, Bryan. Together, they make up a fun little ensemble.
It's not a deep show, it's a fun, Sunday night indulgence, and I love how it sort of blends elements from other texts. If you like BONES, you might like this. If you like the Harry Potter books, you might like this. If you totally watched YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES, starring Sean Patrick Flanery, in the '90s you might like this. And this Sunday's episode deals with a mystery surrounding the Pony Express so, as someone who watched THE YOUNG RIDERS, I'm thinkin' I definitely might like it...