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Are You There, Chelsea? (2012)
Laura Prepon is not Chelsea Handler
It's unfortunate that the network made the mistake of thinking they needed a young twenty something to make this show marketable.
Chelsea Handler has a rather unique ill-reverent comedy style that is as much about her demeanor as it is about the jokes.
Laura Prepon is absolutely nothing like Chelsea. The timing and delivery of the material is twisted into something completely different. Ms. Prepon has struggled to recapture her success on "That 70s Show"
In this critics opinion Her problem is two fold. She is far more ascetically attractive than she is talented. Perhaps she would do better as a "picture" model. That way we could enjoy her beauty without having to listen to her unflattering...(mannish?) voice.
This show might be saved if instead of having Prepon as the lead, they could write the story from the older sister's point of view. The older sister played by Chelsea Handler. That way Handler could carry the show the way it should have been presented in the first place.
I Hate My Teenage Daughter (2011)
I am a Jaime Pressly fan, although I confess, my chief interest has more to do with her aesthetic than her acting prowess.
She hasn't had much luck in her film career. At least nothing as successful as her run as "Joy" on the sitcom "My Name is Earl".
Still I had hoped she would find a vehicle that would bring her the success she enjoyed on "Earl". Unfortunately, this show does not deliver.
The characters are uninteresting, and fail to generate interest while making their way through unremarkable writing.
My guess is the show won't have more than six episodes to turn things around.
How to Be a Gentleman (2011)
A better title? Straight eye for the Queer Guy
The series was canceled after airing just two episodes. And rightly so. It was badly cast. Series creator David Hornsby cast himself in the lead, the character came across as a gay guy instead of a gentleman...not the same thing.
When I think of gentlemen I get images of "Mr. French" from "Family Affair" or Michael Caine's "Alfred" in "Batman" which stands to reason because Butlers are (or were) referred to as "A gentleman's gentleman".
David Hornsby came across as a gay guy who had excellent taste in everything but his own wardrobe.
Kevin Dillon proves once again that he is only capable of minor supporting roles. This time he bit off more than he could chew. Sorry "Drama".