There's a lot of Whitney Cummings around US TV at the moment. Best known from Chelsea Lately, not only does she have her own show on NBC - the eponymous Whitney - she's the exec producer and co-creator of 2 Broke Girls, a supposed comedy about two waitresses who decide to run their own cupcake business - once they have enough money to quit their waitressing jobs, mind.
In case the mildly tepid Whitney hasn't put you off the concept of a sitcom written by Whitney Cummings, here's a little nugget of extra information that might sway you: it's co-created and co-written by Michael Patrick King aka "The Man Who Ruined Sex and the City".
So not funny in the slightest, but it does have two redeeming features: a relatively likeable pair of central characters; and Kat Dennings (Thor). But that's it.
Here - try to laugh your way through this trailer.
In the UK: Saturday 17th September, 7.15pm, BBC1/BBC1 HD. Available on the iPlayer In the US: Saturday 17th September, 9pm/8c ET/PT, BBC America
Now that's more like it. I was worried for a minute that I wasn't going to love any episodes of Who in this second half of the season. But good old Toby Whithouse (School Reunion, The Vampires of Venice and creator of Being Human) has saved the day. And who'd have thought he'd have done it with a story that referenced the good old Nimon?
This year, we have something of a "battle of the sexes" going on between NBC and ABC. ABC has no fewer than three sitcoms in which men are officially dicks. More on those offences against humour when they air. NBC, which currently has a mandate of trying to attract as many female viewers as possible, has taken a slightly different route and has gone for "men are not all dicks".
Yesterday, we dealt with NBC's Up All Night, which sees happy couple Christina Applegate and Will Arnett dealing with their new baby, Arnett opting to be a house-husband and not being a dick.
Today, we have Whitney, which sees single-girl-but-in-a-relationship-for-three-years Whitney Cummings (Chelsea Lately and her boyfriend, Alex, navigating the perils of modern relationships. Together. In a non-dickish, quite supportive way in Alex's case.
While it's not brilliantly funny and as I remarked during my review of Up All Night, observational comedy is one thing but it's only funny if someone's failed to point out the observation 10 or 20 times already, it does at least raise a few laughs and has the occasionally original thing to say. Here's a trailer.
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.