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TruTV has given the greenlight to its first-ever full-length scripted comedy, “Those Who Can’t,” with a 10-episode order, the cabler announced Tuesday.
The series revolves around three frustrated and dysfunctional high school teachers in Denver who are as screwed-up as the students they teach.
The half-hour laffer will star show creators Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy. The trio hails from Denver-based comedy troupe the Grawlix. Maria Thayer (“Comedy Bang! Bang!,” “Eagleheart”) rounds out the cast as Abbey Logan, a new librarian who questions, denies and then ultimately joins in on the antics of her co-workers.
“‘Those Who Can’t’ has exactly the kind of fresh, slightly off-kilter humor we’re looking for as we venture into the world of scripted comedy,” said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for TruTV. “Adam, Andrew and Ben have created a terrifically funny show that’s a perfect fit for the »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Gotham Season 1, Episode 14: “The Fearsome Dr. Crane”
Written by John Stephens
Directed by John Behring
Airs Mondays at 8pm (Et) on Fox
Following the winding down of “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon”, the season continues with an episode that stabilizes the narrative with a case of the week hinting at the iconic Batman villain, The Scarecrow. Unfortunately his characterization is undermined with a poorly-executed exposition dump that feels unearned and unclear; the episode is much more concerned with reinforcing the shifted dynamics that were established in the previous episode. It’s not uncommon for a series to spin its wheels at times during a 22 episode season, but what is disappointing is that it does so here without giving a worthwhile character his due.
This is not to say the episode is a poor one, as it does create good character moments for all of the already established characters. Although it »
- Jean Pierre Diez
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