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Sketch comedy shows don't usually have story arcs, even when they feature recurring characters. The Target Lady on "SNL" didn't go on a complex character journey over multiple seasons. Jordan Peele's character in the "Key & Peele" soul food sketch didn't reappear a few episodes later having turned cannibal after enjoying a human foot with his cellar door and stork ankles. Comedy Central's new series "Review with Forrest MacNeil" (it premieres tonight at 10, and the first episode is already online) is sketch-y in structure, but following the same main character each time: Andy Daly's chipper title character, a "reviewer of life" who will undergo any experience his viewers request — say, going to the prom, or becoming a thief — and then assign a rating to it on a five-star scale. As a series of isolated vignettes about a spectacularly dull, whitebread guy being a surrogate for his audience's fantasies, »
- Alan Sepinwall
When watching Andy Daly's (Eastbound & Down) new dark Comedy Central series Review, with Forrest MacNeil, based on the Australian mockumentary series Review, with Myles Barlow, viewers must be struck by how this isn't an actual reality show. Daly's out of touch, nerdy Forrest is the presenter of a show where he is a "life reviewer," because "life: it's literally all we have. But the question is, is it any good?" Forrest's kind of critical review is for the experience of life itself. The fake show's viewers send in videos, emails and texts asking Forrest to review things like addiction, going to a high school prom, being a racist, hunting, and more. Nothing is too big or too trivial for Forrest, but it soon begins to take its toll. Hit the jump for more. It's clear in Review's first episode that the show's humor skews dark. Forrest's inaugural review is of stealing, »
- Allison Keene
Aside from offering a field day in terms of puns – how does one review a show titled “Review?” – Comedy Central’s latest pre-“Daily Show” series nibbles around the edges of something really interesting, but doesn’t quite get there. Ostensibly about a critic who reviews “life itself,” the semi-serialized program stars Andy Daly as Forrest MacNeil, a TV personality who agrees to engage in any activity suggested by viewers, then “review” it on a 1-to-5-star scale. Alas, the nature of the tasks – from stealing to racism, drug addiction to divorce – risk ruining his life. Daly’s cheerful naivete makes “Review” watchable, but its lack of focus puts it more in the 2.5-star range.
There’s an underlying social commentary in the fundamental premise, but it’s one that never gets even remotely explained. So the meta aspects of a series that could provide a not-so-subtle indictment of reality »
- Brian Lowry
Review on Comedy Central: In this new comedy series, Forrest MacNeil (Andrew Daly) reviews the experiences of life itself, including racism, petty theft, the prom, smashing a car with a baseball bat, eating 15 pancakes and more. Review premieres on Comedy Central Thursday, March 6, at 10pm Et/Pt. Review Get More: Comedy Central,Funny Videos,Funny TV Shows Andrew Daly (Eastbound & Down) stars in this new comedy series as Forrest MacNeil, a critic who doesn’t trifle with reviews of restaurants, films, books or TV shows. He reviews the experiences of life itself. He reviews anything his TV audience throws at him: … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
The laffer traces the lives of childhood best friends Maggie and Emma who prepare to raise a baby together after Maggie discovers that her husband is having an affair. Lennon Parham stars as Maggie alongside Jessica St. Clair as Emma. Both actresses also serve as co-exec producers.
Wilmore be featured as Maggie’s reassuring doctor who finds himself charged the task of calming Emma’s anxieties about childbirth.
He most recently hosted the comedy special “Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion & Sex” and also makes regular appearances on “The Daily Show.” Wilmore won an Emmy in 2002 for his work as a writer for “The Bernie Mac Show.”
- Andrea Seikaly
With “Eastbound & Down” wound down, Andy Daly has a new gig on Comedy Central that requires transforming himself into a overt racist — among other equally horrible and hilarious things. “Review,” which premieres on March 6, is a mock newsmagazine show starring Daly as “life critic” Forrest MacNeil, who takes on challenges from viewers interested in what it’s like to eat 15 pancakes, sleep with a celebrity, or in this case, be a racist. It’s like Morgan Spurlock’s “Inside Man” on black-market steroids. Also read: Dumb Starbucks Brewed Up by Nathan Fielder’s Comedy Central Show ‘Nathan for You’ “You and your ladylike. »
- L.A. Ross
photo credit: Michael Yarish
Comedy Central is launching a new show on March 6th, and it may be your new favorite show. Cleverly titled Review, the show stars Andy Daly as critic Forrest MacNeil. Not just any critic, Forrest reviews life experiences, and he’ll take on any challenge that his viewers care to put before him.
Though some of the “Reviews” start off a little slow, like the ones on stealing and addiction, they take off after a bit of intro, and they’re pretty hilarious. The combination of Daly’s almost deadpan, nerdy character and the variety of challenges is comedy gold.
By the way, as of right now you can check out the full episode – ‘Stealing, Addiction, Prom’ – online.
Just to get you started, check out the clip below that shows you what happens when Forrest takes on the especially bizarre challenge of relating what it’s like to eat 15 pancakes. »
- Marc Eastman
A busy day today means I don't have time to write about tonight's "Enlisted" — notable for the guest appearance by Andy Daly as dorky dad Rodney, for being yet another out-of-order episode (Derrick says it's only been two weeks since Pete punched the colonel in Afghanistan) and for a good Jill/Sgt. Major Cody subplot — but since you guys seem to be really enjoying the show so far, I figured I'd give you a chance to discuss "Rear D Day." Have at it. »
- Alan Sepinwall
8 items from 2014
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