ABC sure had success with its comedy Wednesday, but its newest entry is not starting on that solid night, but should it?…..
From the writer of such irreverent and bold television shows as “Family Guy” and “Politically Incorrect” comes a comedy about four romantically challenged friends in their early thirties navigating their way through today’s tricky world of dating.
Smart and beautiful Rebecca is recently divorced after 15 years of marriage. Having never really dated before she was married – and not having been on a date since Clinton was in office — she finds it scary to start over now. Although a gifted mom and lawyer, she is clueless about dating and hopes to get some help from her equally romantically challenged friends.
Perry is Rebecca’s best friend since childhood. He is a rugged man’s man and a tremendously successful financial planner — but also one of Pittsburgh’s most sensitive hopeless romantics. When it comes to matters of the heart, Perry is a romance-aholic who falls in love with women 20 minutes after meeting them. After 40 minutes, he’s already naming their future children.
A struggling novelist, the witty and affable Shawn has been Perry’s best friend and rent-free roommate for six years. Shawn is the emotionally unavailable cynic to Perry’s hopeless romantic. He has never had a relationship more serious than a three-night stand – and even those send him running for the door.
Rounding out the group is Rebecca’s petite, baby sister, Lisa. Behind her deceptively sweet appearance is a sassy pit bull ready to protect her older sister. Although a nurturing kindergarten teacher, she has a wild side too, and sees a “threesome” as “second base.”
Will these four romantically challenged friends ever find lasting love? Or even someone who lasts until next Thursday?
“Romantically Challenged” stars Alyssa Milano as Rebecca Thomas, Kyle Bornheimer as Perry Gill, Josh Lawson as Shawn Goldwater and Kelly Stables as Lisa Thomas.
The Good: Alyssa Milano is so nice. She just has this aura of kindness that I find affecticous, and it translates well with the a great ensemble from Kyle Bornheimer (Worst Week) to aussie Josh Lawson, and the perky Kelly Stables (Two and a Half Men), but even with such talent comes so little laughs.
The Not So Good: I got to screen two out of the six episodes taped of this multi-cam comedy (one which airs on the 26th, and the other TBA), and I found myself just watching, and not laughing. The jokes are ordinary and work but its just something I have heard and laughed at before. The real draw of the show is the ensemble and as I said the cast is fun and funny, but the execution is just not there. I am sure the comedy will find some audience out of DWTS, but will it last? Its too soon to tell, but I would much rather see something else garnering such a great lead-in.
Overall: While with any comedy there are at least a few good laughs, here they are few and far between, which is a shame for some great comedic actors.
Romantically Challenged premieres after Dancing with the Stars tonight at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.