Thursday, September 24, 2009

TBG TV: Accidentally on Purpose

When/Where: CBS – Mondays at 8:30 PM

10-Word Premise: Thirty-something woman + twenty-something man + one-night stand = baby!

Starring: Jenna Elfman as the aging oven (w/bun), Jon Foster as "donor", Ashley Jensen as the voice of "Groundskeeper Willie" and Grant Show as the recurring conflict with the main characters.

The Best Thang: Foster is shockingly awesome as the boy-toy Elfman's character hooks up with. I was expecting the "charming Neanderthal" template that worked so well in the 1980s, 1990s and a few months ago. Instead, Foster's "Zack" seems to be the voice of reason and wants to be a part of his baby's life. Thankfully, his on-again off-again roommates fill my caveman quota. But, in a good way!

The Worst Thang: In the first 60 seconds of the premiere episode, Jensen's "Olivia" – best friend to Elfman's "Billie" – laments attending another office dinner party because she's slept with everyone there. A moment later, she suggests Billie "perk up her nipples". I am convinced that 30-40% of the one-liners written for Jensen were done with the misguided idea that her Scottish accent would make them funnier. It doesn't.

The Verdict: I was ready to abort after the first 10 minutes of Elfman's frenetic mugging. Things calmed down once Billie and Zack had time to sort things out. As long as the secondary character focus is shared equally between Billie and Zack's friends, then I might be able tolerate this show. If – as it appears – we'll be seeing MUCH more of Olivia and Billie's sister, I'm out.

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