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“Running Wilde” Premiere┬áReview

Posted by Mr. Feeny on September 22, 2010

I’m sorry, Arrested Development fans. This is not the next coming of your favorite sitcom. I don’t care that it’s by the same creative team. Will Arnett and David Cross aren’t GOB and Tobias. And no matter how many references you make to it in your new show (“I’ve made a terrible mistake” and mispronouncing “earth-rapers”), it’s not the same quality program.

The humor isn’t off-the-wall enough. But it’s also not ordinary. It’s in a limbo of what’s realistic and what’s made-up. Not a good place to base a show. Arrested Development has become a cult hit because of its quirkiness. Running Wilde tries too hard to be quirky and ends up being a little pathetic.

I realize it’s a 22 minute comedy, but the characters are not well-developed. Especially Keri Russell’s. She was much too willing to abandon the rainforest and stay with Wilde. Sure, they had a relationship when they were younger, but would you really be pining for that person 20 years later? So much so you’d drop everything for him?

The best thing going for the show is Will Arnett. He is hysterical as usual, with his understated, almost throw-away jokes. The supporting cast has promise, but I didn’t laugh at anything they did or said (except for the scene between Arnett and his neighbor, pretending to be a doctor). So there are moments in this premiere, but not enough to make me excited about the premise, cast or writing. The only reason to watch again is for Arnett…and I might, since I enjoy him so much. I’m just hoping the material gets more original (not borrowing from AD gags) and humorous (this show could use some slapstick).

Grade: C- (I actually found Raising Hope, which I really disliked, funnier)


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New on Tuesdays this Fall

Posted by Mr. Feeny on September 3, 2010

Time for Tuesday’s new shows. Remember, for an easy reference of all these shows, click on “Fall Premieres 2010” at the top. Or that little link I just included.

My initial reaction to the lineup is that I feel sorry for No Ordinary Family. Even if it’s good, it’s doomed. ABC put it against ratings juggernaut NCIS and fan favorite Glee. So, as long as their target audience isn’t old people, men, young people or women, they should be fine. The 8 o’clock hour is one I’ll actually be fine skipping (which is good, since I work Tuesday nights), and 9 o’clock will give me an interesting choice between The Good Wife and Parenthood.

Oh, and last year’s Tuesday premieres: a genuine mixed bag. NCIS: Los Angeles and The Good Wife were huge hits. The Forgotten and Melrose Place were not. And V was a miss that gets another chance.

No Ordinary Family

Basics: Family Drama
Twist: The family is full of super-heroes
Stars You Know: Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Julie Benz (Dexter), Autumn Reeser (The OC)
Creative Team: Creator Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters, Eli Stone, Everwood), Director David Semel (Heroes, Life)
Timeslot: 7:00pm (Tues)
Network: ABC
Going Against: NCIS, Glee, The Biggest Loser, One Tree Hill
Premiere: September 28

Raising Hope

Basics: Family Sitcom
Twist: Single father with a family’s help
Stars You Know: Cloris Leachman (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Garret Dillahunt (The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Skyler Stone (Dollhouse), Shannon Woodward (ER)
Creative Team: Creator Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl)
Timeslot: 8:00pm (Tues)
Network: FOX
Going Against: Dancing with the Stars, NCIS: Los Angeles, Life Unexpected, The Biggest Loser
Premiere: September 21

Running Wilde

Basics: Family Sitcom
Twist: Single father with a family’s help
Stars You Know: Will Arnett (Arrested Development, 30 Rock), Keri Russell (Felicity), David Cross (Arrested Development)
Creative Team: Creators Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely (Arrested Development)
Timeslot: 8:30pm (Tues)
Network: FOX
Going Against: Dancing with the Stars, NCIS: Los Angeles, Life Unexpected, The Biggest Loser
Premiere: September 21

Detroit 1-8-7

Basics: Crime Drama
Twist: It’s in Detroit
Stars You Know: Michael Imperoli (The Sopranos), Aisha Hinds (True Blood), James McDaniel (Cop Rock)
Creative Team: Producer David Zabel (ER), Producer David Hoberman (Monk)
Timeslot: 9:00pm (Tues)
Network: ABC
Going Against: Parenthood, The Good Wife, Sons of Anarchy
Premiere: September 21

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