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Charles Herold (cherold) from United States
7 November 2015
It is said that in Hollywood you need a "pitch" sentence that sums up
your show quickly for a producer, like "Jaws crossed with When Harry
Met Sally." My guess is that Silverman was successful about that she
was able to just say, "I'd like to do something wacky starring me."
The result is something that, while not bad, is weirdly unfocused. At
the end of the first and only episode of Susan 313, I was left unsure
as to where the show was going or why it exists at all.
The series apparently planned to follow Susan as she recovered from the
breakup of a long-time relationship and had to reform her own life.
This is intercut with scenes of her explaining her life to some sort of
This is an unusual approach to breaking the fourth wall, but not an
especially successful one. Much of the reason is it's just confusing.
Is the snarky Susan talking to the test group supposed to be the same
woman as the perplexed one moving back to her old apartment? They feel
I've always liked Silverman, the show is sometimes funny and the
supporting cast is solid, particularly Tig Notaro. Because of that, if
the series had been picked up I probably would have watched another
episode or two to see if it sorted itself out. But I think the
executives who rejected this one made a good call.
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