Sep 23, 2008

Worst Week on CBS

Welcome Back! It's been forever since I posted, my apologies, but the fall tv season is upon us...

This is one of my favorite times of the year- when all of the great shows that have been advertised ad nauseum throughout the summer FINALLY premiere!

There are a bunch of great new shows that I am particularly psyched to get into, but this one caught my eye and I had to pause it to start blogging right away.

It's called 'Worst Week' and it airs Monday nights on CBS. I generally am not near a tv so I watch almost everything online (which works out great for this blog because then I can post the link for all you online watcher's as well).

Anyhoo, catch the pilot episode here:
http://www.cbs.com/primetime/worst_week/video/video.php?cid=826492569&pid=LJruIEiB_v1iuOPotCDhXbkXwutB1JbK&play=true

My initial delight for this show stems from the first few minutes where Sam and Melanie are discussing how he is going to meet her parents later that night and she is going to tell them that she is 7 weeks pregnant... hilarity ensues when her dad chooses that moment to call- and almost gets to hear the sarcastic answering machine message Sam jokingly recorded explicitly stating the news of his pregnant girlfriend and his angst about meeting said parents! Cute, funny and well done- this show has a sweet irony that echoes other married couple shows without the anger and underlying bitterness. A top pick so far!

The storyline gets a little bit far fecthed, but it is so hilarious you don't even mind. An extra bonus- Mel's dad is played by the same guy who was the Dad on 'That 70's Show'- Red...

NYmag.com has a great summary- which I have taken the liberty of cutting and pasting here ( http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2008/06/pilot_preview_cbss_worst_week.html)
"This week, Vulture's taking a look at the best and worst of the fall season's picked-up TV shows. Which are good? Can anything replace Cavemen? And, most important, what's worth a DVR season pass?
Title: Worst Week
Stars: Kyle Bornheimer (Jericho), Erinn Hayes (Kitchen Confidential), Kurtwood Smith (That '70s Show), Nancy Lenehan (My Name I Earl)
Network: CBS, Mondays at 9:30 p.m.
The pitch: Meet the Parents, only more so.
Pilot report: Sam (Bornheimer) and his girlfriend, Melanie (Hayes), are engaged and pregnant — but how can they tell Melanie's parents when Sam turns into a ham-fisted buffoon from nervousness whenever he's around them? The last time he came over, he almost burned down their house, and this time events are conspiring against him even worse. Between the vomiting co-worker, the urinated-upon turkey, the mysterious phone call from the undertaker, the car accident, and the dog, Sam can't make any headway with his future in-laws, sweet-natured Angela (Lenehan) and stern Judge Dick (Smith).
Representative dialogue:
Angela [unveiling enormous oil painting of Dick]: It's his birthday present. Do you love it? It's painted by the same man who does all the portraits of the presidents. He's been working on it for over a year. He said it's his masterpiece.Us: T-minus ten minutes until Sam accidentally sets that portrait on fire!
Breakout star: Bornheimer is actually totally appealing in the role of a schlub whose best-laid plans constantly go awry, which just makes the show more wince-worthy when horrible things happen to him.
Worth a season pass? Depends. When you watched The Wonder Years, and one of those moments arrived in which some truly mortifying thing happened to Kevin in front of Winnie, or his parents, did you cover your eyes and yell "La la la la la"? Or did you watch and laugh? Imagine an entire expertly made, well-acted sitcom made up entirely of moments like that, and you'll know instantly whether Worst Week is for you. We would do almost anything never to watch it again, but that doesn't mean it isn't good."

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