Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pilot Review: The Carmichael Show

The Carmichael Show (Wednesdays at 9:00 on NBC; Premieres August 26)

This show is horrible. The acting, the writing, the concept, all of it's awful. Truly, truly bad. Don't watch it.

It's the early 1990s again on NBC with The Carmichael Show. Jerrod, playing himself, and his girlfriend, Maxine (Greek's Amber Stevens West) have just moved in together. Maxine thinks Jerrod's parents, Joe (David Alan Grier) and Cynthia (Emmy winner Loretta Devine), deserve to know, but Jerrod disagrees: his parents, particularly his mother, have old-fashioned views on how and when couples should live together, thanks to her reliance on the Bible and prayer. That's why Jerrod's brother Bobby (stand-up comic LilRel Howery) and his ex-wife haven't told them they've been separated for three months. Hijinks ensue!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pilot Review: Blunt Talk

Blunt Talk (Saturdays at 9:00 on Starz; Premieres August 22)

Patrick Stewart is one of the world's greatest living actors. His breadth of work, from fan favorites like Star Trek and X-Men to his prolific stage career with the Royal Shakespeare Company and beyond, is stunning. But for a guy known primarily (almost solely) for his dramatic work, the "funny side" of Patrick Stewart has been coming out for the past decade or so, thanks to some hilarious, off-kilter voicework on American Dad! and Family Guy, and his voiceover narration for Ted and Ted 2. Stewart teams up with Seth MacFarlane, the guy who's brought the funny out of him in the recent past, for Blunt Talk, a sometimes-tedious, totally weird media satire.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Pilot Review: Significant Mother

Significant Mother (Mondays at 9:30 on The CW)

The CW has shied away from producing half-hour sitcoms in the past. In fact, the networks has only aired one sitcom in the regular season that it developed: Aliens in America, which aired for just one season from 2007-2008. Since then, they have attempted to gain some more footing in the comedy genre by experimenting with turning web series (which have aired on The CW's digital platform, The Seed) into full-length sitcoms. So far, it hasn't been too successful. Last summer's Backpackers was the first attempt, and it lasted only two episodes before being pulled from the schedule (it aired alongside Canadian import Seed, which also didn't do very well). Now, the network is trying again with Significant Mother, which likely won't do any better for them, if the quality of the pilot is anything to go on.