Friday, October 7, 2011
My overall thoughts on this season's fall comedy line up? There are shows that are off to a great start and in which I see great story potential. Others...not so much. The ladies are doing it this season. There are several female-centered and female-executive-produced comedies on the air that are putting up good numbers. This cause for excitement because the world of comedy writing has always been dominated by men. Female-centered shows= more jobs for female writers. On the other hand, since I am also a person of color my excitement can only be half-hearted. Most of these shows feature very few people of color on screen. However, I'll get on my diversity soapbox in another post.
There are several comedies that are coming up that I'm interested in. Shows like Last Man Standing, Man Up!, and I Hate My Teenage daughter have not yet premiered. Stay tuned for my reviews on those:)
Up All Night (NBC)
Grace's Grade: B
This show has a great cast and thus lots of potential. Christina Applegate plays Reagan, a former party girl and current working mom. Will Arnett plays Chris, her stay-at-home-dad hubby. Maya Rudolph is Ava, Reagan's diva boss who hosts an Oprah-style talk show. The show centers around Reagan and Chris's struggles with new parenthood while trying to please demanding and intrusive Ava. The writing is good, but has not risen to the awesomeness of the cast yet. Comedy genius Will Arnett should be given so much more! However, I am rooting for the show and hope it hits its stride. I'm also appreciative this show has a diverse(ish) cast and doesn't rely on minority stereotypes for laughs. The challenge is to keep it accessible to us childless viewers out there.
2 Broke Girls (CBS)
Grace's Grade: B-
This is...cute. Beth Behrs plays Caroline, who lost everything when her dad was convicted of a Bernie Madoff-style crime. Broke and disgraced, Caroline gets a job at a grimy diner where she meets Max played by Kat Dennings. Max is a smart-ass, working-class waitress who takes Caroline in and teaches her the art of being broke. This is a classic odd couple set up and it works for the most part. Secondary characters like Peach, Max's socialite boss, and the creepy line cook Oleg (Jonathan Kite) are both specific and funny. The downside? The Asian boss is at the diner is a pretty blatant Asian stereotype. He speaks broken English and is named Bryce Lee. It feels like we are laughing at him not with him. Another tragedy is that the brilliant actor Garrett Morris is underused and is regulated to occasional one-liners. Hopefully this will change.
Grace's Grade: B-