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September 4, 2012

Preview: Go On (NBC) 1x1

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Go On

In the US: Tuesdays, 9pm Eastern/8pm Central, NBC. Starts September 11
In the UK: Not yet acquired

NBC. Comedy.

Funny how if you'd stuck those two words together in the 90s, you'd have got gold, thanks to Friends, and how if you stick them together now, despite Community and 30 Rock, you get lead. Certainly the viewers seem to think so, judging from the ratings.

Yes, that's exactly how I started my review of The New Normal yesterday and I'm reusing it for three reasons: first, that if you're still expecting an NBC comedy to be funny, you know that definition of madness and doing the same thing over and over again and expecting something different? That one? That's you that is.

Secondly, you notice how I mentioned Friends, 'ratings' and 'gold' in the same paragraph there? Well, NBC has that etched on the walls of their comedy commissioning office and when the thought of Matthew Perry (Chandler in Friends) appearing in a new NBC sitcom created by one of the producers of Friends hit them, they came over all funny. Okay, Studio 60 wasn't exactly a slam dunk, but that wasn't a comedy. This is an actual sitcom.

Hence, the commissioning of Go On, which - and here's my third point - can only be described as Community, one of NBC's few critical comedy successes of recent years, even if it's not a ratings success. However, instead of Joel McHale, you have Matthew Perry and instead of a community college study group, you have a community college support group. And instead of laughter, you have tears. No, really, because although laughs are pretty thin on the ground with Go On, I did actually weep buckets during it. And no, not for NBC's doomed ratings and the sure and certain knowledge this is going to be cancelled within a season.

Here's a trailer that contains literally all the jokes. And - be warned - all the bits that will make you cry.

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September 3, 2012

Preview: The New Normal (NBC) 1x1

Posted on September 3, 2012 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

The New Normal

In the US: Tuesdays, 9.30/8.30c, NBC. Starts September 11
In the UK: Acquired by E4

NBC. Comedy.

Funny how if you'd stuck those two words together in the 90s, you'd have got gold, thanks to Friends, and how if you stick them together now, despite Community and 30 Rock, you get lead. Certainly the viewers seem to think so, judging from the ratings.

In fact, ABC is largely the network to watch if you want to see something that's actually funny, thanks to both Modern Family and Happy Endings. So what better network for NBC to emulate with a new comedy than ABC. Of course, being NBC, it's done it all wrong.

The New Normal is the unwanted answer to the pointless question: "What if we created a sitcom based around the gay couple in Modern Family and how they adopted their baby? Except if we made them even more stereotypically gay and less interesting, and added a bland surrogate mother based on Anna Faris' character in Friends?" Starring Justin Batha of The Hangover, Scottish actress Georgia King from Jane Eyre and The Book of Mormon's Andrew Rannells, it pulls off the miracle of being both inoffensive and offensive, practically its sole redeeming feature apart from a slightly intelligent script being Ellen Barkin as King's bigoted grandmother.

Watch the trailer and see if you laugh.

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September 3, 2012

Review: Doctor Who - 7x1 - Asylum of the Daleks

Posted on September 3, 2012 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Olwin

In the UK: Saturday, 7.20pm, BBC1
In the US: Saturday, 9/8c, BBC America

Well, here we are again, happy as can be. Doctor Who is back. The Daleks are back. The Ponds are back (although not for long). Steven Moffat is back. Chris Chibnall is back.

Oh.

But not till next week! Phew.

Murray Gold is back.

Oh. Well, there's no getting round that one.

Consolation prize: new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman is here!

Hang on, wasn't she supposed to not be here yet? Oh well, bonus for everyone.

It's back, basically. Brace yourself for an action-packed first episode, with all the stops pulled out - Daleks firing, Doctors running. You know the form.

Except… rather than an action-packed, all guns blazing intro, our Stevie decided to launch the all-new "that Doctor - he's not famous, he's dead and everyone knows it" series with a decidedly low-key, creepy, adult affair that hinges on soufflé. Yes it does.

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