TV Alert: “Samurai Girl” debuts on ABC Family tonight

Heaven Kogo is a regular teenage girl — she just also happens to be a ninja. OK, so perhaps “regular” isn’t the word; it would be more correct to refer to her as Samurai Girl, hence the name of the new three-part series on ABC Family that begins tonight at 8 p.m. EST.

The series is based on a young adult book series of the same name written by Carrie Asai. The character of Heaven seeks to avenge her brother’s death and get out of an arranged marriage (she really gets herself into some crazy predicaments). Luckily, she’s a master of the sword, and is able to take care of herself as well as some others (though the latter happens to be in a violent sort of way).

Jamie Chung plays Heaven, whose acting credits include Greek, Veronica Mars and CSI: NY. Oh yeah, and you also might remember her as herself, when she was a cast member on MTV’s The Real World: San Diego. Good to see that something pleasant can come out of that kind of exhibitionism.

If you’re a fan of any kind of ninja-ing (martial arts films, Kill Bill, kicking people, etc.), Samurai Girl is just long enough to keep you interested for three nights and short enough for those with limited attention spans. However, if it’s as good as it looks, we might be asking for more.

Samurai Girl premieres tonight with parts two and three following on Saturday and Sunday. Will you be watching?

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