Wednesday, May 19, 2010

CBS 2010 Fall Comedies...

CBS has only two new comedies this fall season, proving they passed on a LOT of submitted pilots. Given their choices, I'm not quite sure what CBS is thinking but I am thankful for the short announcement since today is the big day: CBS-TV, which means CW announcements also. Though I got what I was waiting to hear yesterday, it's still nice for the slightly slower news day!

Mike & Molly is NOT the previously-titled Livin' on a Prayer from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas as I unjustly assumed because it seemed impossible the network wouldn't pick up another formulaic show from a duo that gave them such a hit. Instead, though, this is a new sitcom from equally hit-making Chuck Lorre, that centers on a working-class couple in Chicago. Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy play the duo who find love at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Neither has been allowed to carry a show before, and this one thus far feels a bit unbalanced in terms of comedic timing and overall star talent, but if Lorre keeps inserting his usual self-deprecating, dry humor, this may just be a sweet gem because I'm just happy to have McCarthy back on my TV!

$%*! My Dad Says, which is based on the popular Twitter site by Justin Halpern, stars William Shatner and Ryan Devlin as a father-son duo who butt heads and share laughs. Here's the thing: this series also features MADtv comedy alumns Will Sasso and Nicole Sullivan, so it should have the comedy down pat, right? Well, as innately funny as these people may be, they can only do so much with a premise that maxes out on the internet at 140 characters. The Twitter is funny; the book that spun off from it is okay; this show just feels stretched. Shatner's "forthright and opinionated" dad character feels like an exaggerated version of his Denny Crane. His unsolicited and often wildly politically incorrect observations feel like they are being forced here, and not all of the pieces fit. You can't build a plot around 140 characters, but you can fit 140 characters of funny into other plots. In order for this show to be the smart comedy this network has been known for of late (Big Bang Theory, anyone??), it needs to step back, revamp, and resubmit.

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