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Monday, October 1, 2012

Initial Impressions - New Fall Comedies

 I'm no expert, I just know what I like. Take it or leave it.

"Animal Practice" - Wackiness ensues in a ridiculously huge animal hospital in New York City. Justin Kirk and Joanna Garcia Swisher lead the cast as exes who now have to work together. Their quirky co-workers (including a monkey) and rowdy patients keep things lively. I wasn't going to give this one a chance, but I got bored one day and said what the hell. The first two episodes weren't terrible. I can't say this will be a staple in my TV schedule, but I've always loved Joanna Garcia and let's face it, monkeys are funny. I'll give it a few more eps. If it falls into all the cliches as it easily could, I'll have to put it to sleep.  NBC - Wednesdays at 8/7c

"Ben and Kate" - Fox has been on a roll with comedies in the last couple of years. The latest addition to their Tuesday night line up follows Ben as he moves in with sister Kate to raise her five year old daughter Maddie, who incidentally steals the show. The pilot was funny and endearing, yet so-so. It has potential. That kid is spectacular and I really liked the supporting cast. This could be a great pairing for "Raising Hope".
FOX - Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c

"Go On" - Yet another sitcom attempt by Matthew Perry. I watched the double ep premiere and wasn't impressed. I planned on giving it one more try, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I don't care for Matthew Perry being the same character for the eighteenth time since "Friends". I wish he would try something else like "Studio 60 on the Sunset Stip". Something that isn't a straight up sitcom. He was really great in that. This just makes me sad.
NBC - Tuesdays at 9/8c

"Guys with Kids" - Three straight men and their babies. I know, by the posters, you thought this was another Hangover sequel, but it's half of NBC's attempt at representing the post-modern American family. I love all three of these guys and Vanessa Huxtable is back! Well, Tempestt Bledsoe is anyway as Anthony Anderson's working wife. I'm not sure about this one. I want to like it, but the laugh track/live studio audience makes it reeeeaaaallly hard. Why won't the networks let go of that format? Move on, we're passed it.
NBC - Wednesdays 8:30/7:30c

"The Mindy Project" - Totally stood up to my expectations! I've loved Mindy Kaling's work on "The Office" for years, not to mention her tweets. She's got a fresh voice reminiscent of "New Girl" creator Liz Meriwether but with her own spin on being a young professional trying to find her way. "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" are two peas in an awesome pod that make me count down the days until Tuesday night. Check. It. Out. NOW.
FOX - Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c

"The Neighbors" - This sitcom about a family that moves into a gated community of aliens is too stupid to even try. If you watched even five minutes of it, I just lost respect for you.

If you haven't, I'm not going to tell you what time it's on. You've got better things to do.

"The New Normal" - The other half of NBC's post-modern American family experiment is the one that you probably heard about on the news before the pilot aired. David and Bryan are a successful (and attractive) gay couple living in Los Angeles that decide to they want a baby. Enter Goldie. A young woman who's trying to make a better life for her nine year old daughter after getting knocked up as a teenager. Ellen Barkin is Goldie's loud mouth, republican GRANDmother who whole-heartedly disapproves of what Goldie's chosen to do with her womb. Maybe middle America will ruin it, but I think this could be a hit. So far, I'm really enjoying it. Give it try.
NBC - Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c

"Partners" - This is CBS' so-called gamble comedy. Gay characters on CBS! Oh no! Doesn't seem all that risky to me, but props to The Eye for finally going there. It's based on the friendship and professional partnership of the "Will & Grace" creators. I like the premise. I love Michael Urie and David Krumholtz. I even like the opening titles. I can't stand Sophia Bush, the cardboard Brandon Routh or the laugh track. This one could be a struggle. I want to like it, but there is so much working against it for my taste. I'll give it a few weeks and see how it goes, but I can't promise I'll be all that tolerable. Die, laugh track, die!

I don't usually like to predict because I hate being wrong, but I'm going to go ahead and call it. "The Neighbors" will be cancelled before the fifth episode airs. I think I'm being quite generous without having seen it.

What do you guys think?

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