6 items from 2013
The majority of the Tuesday comedies are back on top form this week after taking last week off.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Season 1, Episode 7, “48 Hours”
Directed by Peter Lauer
Written by Luke Del Tredici
Airs Tuesdays at 8:30pm Est on Fox
Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Halloween episode is a tough act to follow and “48 Hours” doesn’t quite deliver in the same way. What is usually enjoyable about the show is its healthy balance of silly comedy and plot progression. This week the show struggles to find that balance as most of the episode is driven by Jake and his absurd nature. “48 Hours” focuses on Jake’s mistakes and how they affect the rest of the workforce and quite frankly, it feels like a huge step back in comparison to the previous episodes. Considering the last two episodes in particular have been strong throughout, “48 Hours” is lacking somewhat. Although the episode is »
Similarly to Wednesday night’s comedy line-up, the Thursdays comedies are also starting to decline. Although a lot of the weaker new shows air on Thursday (The Michael J. Fox Show, The Millers, Sean Saves the World and so on), it’s the long-running sitcoms that are letting the evening down.
The Big Bang Theory, Season 7, Episode 5, “The Workplace Proximity”
Directed by Mark Cendrowski
Airs Thursdays at 8pm Est on CBS
Up until the sixth season, The Big Bang Theory was consistently entertaining as it successfully moved the characters forward whilst providing an endless amount of laugh-out-loud moments. Now in its seventh season, the show appears to be stuck in the same rut that Modern Family is in. Like the Dunphy-Pritchett-Delgado clan, the characters on Tbbt have all come a long way since the show premiered. »
Could this be NBC‘s next Will & Grace? NBC has put in development G’Uncle, a comedy project from writer Billy Finnegan (Don’t Trust The B—-), Sony Pictures TV and Will Gluck‘s studio-based Olive Bridge, which has received a script commitment with a sizable penalty attached. The premise of the single-camera comedy is somewhat reminiscent of one of NBC’s biggest hits of the past decade, Will & Grace, if Will and Grace were siblings. G’Uncle is inspired by Finnegan’s own experience as a gay man living with his sister, her husband, and their two little kids in Washington DC. At that time, he became a go-between in his sister’s marriage and the go-to babysitter for the kids. Finnegan is writing the script, with Michael Patrick Jann (Us & Them) attached to direct. The two executive produce with Olive Bridge’s Gluck and Richie Schwartz. Finnegan »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
The series orders include Seth MacFarlane’s live-action entry “Dads,” which already had a six-episode commitment that has now been bumped up to 13 segs. The 20th Century Fox TV series revolves around two best friends, played by Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi, whose lives change when their fathers move in with them.
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“Us and Them,” from Sony Pictures TV and BBC Worldwide Prods., is the only detour from the male-focus. It’s a wrong rom-com remake of the BBC2 series “Gavin and Stacey” starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel.
“Brooklyn” has »
- Cynthia Littleton
Community, Season 4, Episode 3: “Conventions of Space and Time”
Written by Maggie BandurAlison
Directed by Michael Patrick Jann
Airs Thursdays at 8pm Et on NBC
Over the last few weeks, the new Community has been garnering a lot of comparisons to CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, and until tonight they had seemed hyperbolic. It’s very easy to imagine the script of “Conventions of Space and Time” repurposed as an episode of The Big Bang Theory. That’s something that could never be said, even at its most inconsistent, of Dan Harmon’s show. The episode is written and directed by newcomers which is telling, but the most bothersome aspect is the lengths to which it goes in an attempt to appease Harmon’s fans
We’re three episodes into season four and we’ve yet to see a single scene of the group sitting around the table in the study room. »
- Justin Wier
6 items from 2013
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