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Weird Loners is a tough sell, and though it could become a hit, it has a massive uphill battle in front of it. The main problem, ratings-wise, is that it has too much in common with all the shows that didn’t work for its stars in the past.
Of course, that’s only if you’re looking for ratings.
The shows in question, Zachary Knighton‘s Happy Endings, and Becki Newton‘s The Goodwin Games, were actually great shows, but Weird Loners has a tone, and general style of comedy, that is something of a cross between those shows, and that’s a ratings nightmare.
Worse, the pilot is somewhat nonsensical, having to put forward our establishing excuse that the four main characters get together. It has its moments, but it has to try so hard to force these people together, that it has little time to let them charm us. »
- Marc Eastman
Sometimes you’re single because you haven’t me your counterpart in the Nicholas Sparks movie of your life, and sometimes you’re single because you’re an odd bird. The latter is more or less the deal with the central characters on Weird Loners, Fox’s new comedy series which premiered Tuesday night. Happy Endings alum Zachary Knighton plays Stosh Lewandowski, a morally absent VP who is totally cool bedding the boss’ girl and has no qualms with using a dead guy’s credit card, regardless of the consequences. On a show about hopeless singles who may never find their match, Stosh is anything but depressed. “He’s pretty much incapable of having any human connection with anybody, even friends, family,” Knighton tells us. “I think this guy just doesn’t have the tools to connect with anyone.”\
- Emily Exton
Fox hasn't had a hit live-action sitcom in quite awhile. Could Weird Loners become a ratings success story or will it be another stumble? Cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.
A single-camera comedy, Weird Loners revolves around a quartet of underdogs who find themselves single while most of their peers are married and starting families. They're played by Becki Newton, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Nate Torrence, and Zachary Knighton.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest. (more…) »
CBS finished first in total viewers and tied with NBC atop the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic on Tuesday night, but that doesn’t mean the evening was a success. Part 1 of the TV movie “The Dovekeepers” didn’t fly, getting a mere 1.0 rating in the key demo. The Roma Downey-Mark Burnett project had 9 million total viewers. Fox’s “Weird Loners” had an unpopular premiere itself, receiving just a 0.7 rating and 1.9 million total viewers. Also Read: ‘Weird Loners’ Star Becki Newton on ‘New Girl’ Comparisons and ‘Ugly Betty’ Reunion (Video) CBS and NBC tied for first in ratings, both with »
- Tony Maglio
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: March 31, 2015 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
There are lots of happy couples in the world but this sitcom revolves around the others -- those who just can't seem to figure it out. It follows four relationship-challenged people in their 30s who are unexpectedly thrust into one another's lives, forming unlikely bonds while living in a townhouse in Queens, New York.
Look no further than the title of Fox’s Weird Loners to learn exactly what the freshman comedy is about.
The basic premise: Four disparate thirtysomethings, living in New York City, struggle to forge long-lasting romantic relationships because they’re, well, weird.
Before the series premiere really dives into each of its titular outsiders, it would be easy to think, “Aw, those guys are just misunderstood!” But as the episode continues, we soon realize that, no, these people are a little crazy and also sort of terrible.
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Weird Loners, the latest multi-camera comedy from Fox, nearly lives up to the promise of its clunky title. The four New Yorkers at the center of the series are odd but only up to a point, after which they revert in total to familiar archetypes. Caryn (Becki Newton), for instance, is a dental hygienist with commitment issues, which stop her from settling down with Howard (David Wain), a lame but loving doctor. Her neighbor, Eric (Nate Torrence), is a dim, overweight Mets fan who makes his bread as a tollbooth operator. Most sitcoms are built around variations on these sort of characters, either as part of the central group or as reoccuring supporting roles. The way that this show is written, however, accentuates the total alienation of these characters to the world around them, which makes for a consistently awkward, if vaguely interesting, half-hour comedy. [caption id="attachment_435527" align="alignright" width="349"] Image via Fox[/caption] I »
- Chris Cabin
“Weird Loners” is not “New Girl,” the show’s star Becki Newton wants potential viewers to know. That said, the series hails from “New Girl” producer Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar. It premieres after “New Girl” and follows four young, single friends who are essentially neighbors. “I guess it is similar in that it’s people in close proximity, bunch of weirdos co-existing,” Newton explained to TheWrap during a recent set visit. “The difference is they’re not living in the same apartment. They’re two townhouses next-door to each other, so I think it does lend itself to more singular storylines for each character. »
- Tony Maglio
Three episodes of “Weird Loners” were made available for review prior to broadcast.
There are a solid two minutes of charm and humour in the pilot of Weird Loners, a generic sitcom stuck in outdated sensibility and lacking in likeability.
In this rare occurrence, our four titular so-called weird loners, after a serendipitous day in which their problematic paths crossed, are watching a wedding from a far reading the lips of the bride, groom, and priest. They insert their own hysterical dialogue, and for a brief splendid moment, you forget the odd conceit of the show and its completely misguided attempts at humour.
This half-hour, single-camera comedy from Fox struggles off the bat with the appropriation of the word ‘weird.’ It’s troubling, and the show never is able to reconcile its various attempts at meaning and conflicting social commentary.
See, apparently these four figures are ‘weird’ because they are single. »
- Anthony Marcusa
Four unusual 30-somethings forge an unlikely friendship when their lives collide in their shared Queens, N.Y., townhouse. High-strung dental assistant Caryn (Becki Newton), her naive toll-collector neighbor Eric (Nate Torrence), his womanizing cousin Stosh (Zachary Knighton) and free-spirited artist Zara (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) have nothing in common, but they rely on each other as they work to improve their lives despite their charming character flaws. Newton is best known for her role as Amanda, the vapid and snarky assistant on Ugly Betty. I asked Newton what she found similar between Amanda and Caryn, two seemingly different characters, and the actress … Continue reading →
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- Kellie Freeze
If only “Weird Loners” were anywhere near as interesting as its title. Instead, this latest Fox comedy falls into that middle realm of nothing special, featuring a quartet of quirky characters, all in their mid-30s, each of whom remains single for his or her own reasons. Still, delaying marriage isn’t as shocking as it once was, just as these kinds of self-absorbed characters don’t exactly break fresh ground. Fox has enjoyed some recent successes — generating sampling of “The Last Man on Earth” — but there’s nothing here that can’t be seen executed significantly better (and every bit as timely) in any random “Seinfeld” rerun.
Indeed, after three episodes of the series, it’s still something of a struggle to come up with a clear description of it, other than to note that by the end of episode one, all four characters are living adjacent to each other in a Queens townhouse. »
- Brian Lowry
In a mid-season line-up jam-packed with over-used laugh tracks and played-out sitcom storylines, Fox is giving fans a breath of fresh air with their new unromantic comedy Weird Loners.
The NYC-based series, which premeires Tuesday, March 31, features a sensational cast of fan favorites -- Becki Newton (Ugly Betty), Zachary Knighton (Happy Endings), and Nate Torrence (Hello Ladies) -- as well as small-screen's newest gem Meera Rohit Kumbani.
Each late-twenties/early-thirties something character brings a unique and fun twist to the definition of "weird," while simultaneously proving to be some of the worst (and subsequently most relatable) human beings you've ever seen on your screens.
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If you're like us and need a TV show comparison chart, think of Weird Loners as a series with the same quirkiness of New Girl, the character chemistry of Happy Endings, and the NYC-based unbelievabilty of Friends. (Come on y'all »
If you haven’t found the love of your life in time for Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone — Fox has four “Weird Loners” who are in the same boat.
The quirky new comedy stars Becki Newton (“Ugly Betty”), Zachary Knighton (“Happy Endings”), Nate Torrence (“Hello Ladies”) and newcomer Meera Rohit Kumbhani as four relationship-challenged thirtysomethings who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives, forming unlikely bonds in a Queens, N.Y., townhouse.
Ahead of the show’s March 31 premiere, Variety has a sneak peek at Fox’s enlightening dating profiles for the romantically inept foursome, which, if nothing else, should put even your most disastrous dates in perspective.
- Laura Prudom
Fox’s “Weird Loners” brings together a group of self-proclaimed weirdos — four single thirtysomethings who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a Queens, NY, townhouse. Variety has a first look at the new group shot of the cast ahead of the comedy’s March 31 debut.
Becki Newton’s Caryn is a cute, but high-strung dental hygienist whose romantic life, unfortunately, is dictated by the love-crazed, ultra-romantic 13-year-old barricaded inside the control room of her brain. Each time a handsome new man crosses her field of vision, infatuation and extreme over-eagerness take over, and she inevitably winds up back at square one — single and not getting any younger.
Zachary Knighton’s Stosh is handsome, charming and whip-smart. He’s a serial seducer who has never been able to maintain an intimate relationship with a woman for very long — a couple of hours, usually. »
- Variety Staff
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