TV: Pilot watch: Part three

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
We Are Men airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on CBS
Super Fun Night airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on ABC
The Millers airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on CBS
Sean Saves the World airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on NBC


This week’s pilot watch focuses on the comedies starring big names, which I’m sure is the thing the networks are relying on for viewership. It makes me sad to know that these shows will live on this season as great comedies like Happy Endings were canceled. (Sorry, I’m never going to get over that cancellation.)

First up is We Are Men on CBS. The show follows the “band of brothers” made up of Kal Penn, Jerry O’Connell, Christopher Smith and Tony Shalhoub, all of whom are survivors of failed marriages — in Smith’s character’s, Carter, case, a failed wedding ceremony when he was left at the altar. As expected by the preview, the show is about bros of a somewhat older age group. Shalhoub’s Frank makes me a bit uncomfortable as a ladies man partly because it just seems a little hard to believe that would actually work. O’Connell takes his shirt off too much. Trust me, you’re not that good looking, especially not with that long gelled back hair. Penn’s Gil is quite forgettable. This is just another attempt the networks made to have a show about bros. I’m sorry world, but that plot will never play over well. Rating: 2/5

I was interested in seeing Rebel Wilson’s new show Super Fun Night mostly when I heard they weren’t even airing the pilot. They premiered the second episode instead. Why? Many believe it was because of the amount of negative feedback the show received for its pilot. Three nerdy friends, Wilson’s Kimmie, Marika (Lauren Ash) and Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) used to stay in every weekend together but when Kimmie gets a promotion at work, the group vows to have a “super fun night” out every weekend. The pilot featured the girls going to a club but the second episode had them all going to a piano bar. However, the show premiered as the second best comedy launch this fall with 8.2 million views, making it ABC’s best Wednesday comedy debut in four years. And I’m surprised because the show is not that good. Sure, many probably stayed after Modern Family to give known funny girl Wilson a shot, but I’m certain many won’t be returning next week. The show has grounds for being good, but the comedy falls flat and barely brought out a chuckle in me. The trio’s quirks — like Wilson’s weight and Marika’s tough girl attitude — just simply don’t work. Plus I still can’t forgive the producers for making Wilson have an American accent because its shakiness is far too distracting. Rating: 1/5

Next up is The Millers. Unknown to his parents, Will Arnett’s Jack is recently divorced, so when they show up at his home looking for a place to stay, the truth is hard to take. But for his dad Tom (Beau Bridges), it finally means he can divorce his wife Carol (Margo Martindale). The mom moves in with the son and the dad moves in with the daughter Debbie (Jayma Mays) and her family. Tom’s monologue about how long he’s wanted a divorce is a tad too real to be immediately funny. However, I think this show could last as long as it doesn’t become too focused on the antics of the kids with their parents as roommates. Every key player — Arnett, Martindale, Bridges and Mays — is strong in their role. It’s certainly not the funniest comedy I’ve seen yet, but I think it can grow into a comfortable CBS comedy. Rating: 3.5/5

Lastly, we have Sean Saves the World, a title I don’t understand but am assuming it has something to do with how NBC hopes bringing Sean Hayes back will save their now vacant comedy lineup. Sean is a single parent to Ellie (Samantha Isler) and is learning the ropes after her mother left her for a new job. On top of that, Sean has to deal with new boss Max (Thomas Lennon) who is less than caring about his employees. Linda Lavin as Sean’s mother adds nothing to the show; her snarky attitude isn’t funny, and I see no reason for her continued appearance. Yet, the show was not as bad as I originally assumed. Lennon is actually quite funny as the mean boss and Hayes is reliably funny. I think what this show has going for it is the great personalities of its cast that shine through our screens. Megan Hilty as Liz is charming as ever, and who can resist Hayes? I just hope those two haven’t signed on for another NBC sinking ship (looking at you Smash). But I do actually think this show could last. Rating: 3.5/5


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