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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.35
If there's a kiss of death for any sitcom these days, it's the words "taped in front of a live studio audience." Really? Am I back in the 20th century?

I was really looking forward to this show and MAN, is it the biggest disappointment of the fall bunch so far. None of the jokes really hit, the format feels dated, and it just didn't click.

By the American Dad/Bob Burgers "Never judge a show by its pilot" rule, I'll stick with this one for now. But this was pretty tough to sit through.

Oh, and Jane Kaczmarek deserves so much better than this. Way to typecast, guys!

(edited by It's False on 23.9.11 0124)



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I am with you. I wanted to like this show, but it looks like I will drop off early unless there are some dramatic changes. I really wish they had just stuck to Whitney and her boyfriend in this episode and gradually introduced the firends instead of hitting us over the head with all of them at once.

And it is funny, of the two of my favorite sitcom parents - Malcolm in the Middle and Married...With Children, I would have thoughtJane Kaczmarek would have been te lead dog in post sitcom juicy roles. But with Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad and Modern Family, she has been left in the dust. What a shame.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.71
    Originally posted by Wpob


    And it is funny, of the two of my favorite sitcom parents - Malcolm in the Middle and Married...With Children, I would have thoughtJane Kaczmarek would have been te lead dog in post sitcom juicy roles. But with Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad and Modern Family, she has been left in the dust. What a shame.


Ed O'Neil only got the role because Craig T. Nelson turned it down because he didn't want to get lost in an ensemble. When I read about that during the break between season's 1 and 2, every time I see Jay, I picture Nelson from his Coach days and he would have been a better fit as he does grumpy better. I still love O'Neil in the role though.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.83
She's trying way, way too hard.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.28
    Originally posted by It's False
    If there's a kiss of death for any sitcom these days, it's the words "taped in front of a live studio audience." Really? Am I back in the 20th century?
My DVR caught the first few minutes of this after Office or Parks & Rec or whatever, and I was baffled. It was a couple having a conversation interrupted at random points by an audience's laughter at things that weren't jokes. Not jokes that weren't funny, words that weren't jokes. It felt like a parody of a sitcom.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.00
I think her bashing men for wearing football jerseys during the Notre Dame games and Sunday Night Football games, pretty much killed her for me. Why would someone allow that ad to air when anyone with a brain knows the women watching that show are probably wearing jerseys or t-shirt themselves. Its like the ad department is stuck in the 50s or 60s where women watch whatever the man wanted to watch. Its the 21st century, women watch football games and if they don't there is another TV in the house.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.67
Man, no one likes this show. The sad thing is that I've heard her on the Howard Stern show: she *IS* funny, very funny. But this is NBC we're talking about. This may end up being the most maligned show of the new season.













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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.48
What I learned from watching Whitney: I can spend the entire half hour A) not laughing and B) flipping back and forth on whether or not I find Whitney Cummings attractive.

Which is weird because I've seen her on Roasts and doing stand up and I found her hilarious and attractive then.

Watching Whitney reminded me of the episode of Louie from this past season where Louis CK parodied three camera, studio audience/laugh track sitcoms and how artificial they are.

(edited by John Orquiola on 23.9.11 0930)


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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.55

You could almost hear some 60+ year old studio exec talking about the need to get back to the old fashioned sitcom and lamenting the loss of "what made television great" when approving this show. It really felt like I was watching a contemporary rendition of the Honeymooners or I Love Lucy - the well meaning lead character's best intentions leads to whacky hijinks.

I'll give it this, I thought the leads had some chemistry and did the best with some pretty crappy and dated material. But if I'm annoyed by the laugh tracks on good shows like HIMYM and Big Bang Theory, I sure as hell ain't buying it for this...
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.56
    Originally posted by Leroy

    You could almost hear some 60+ year old studio exec talking about the need to get back to the old fashioned sitcom and lamenting the loss of "what made television great" when approving this show. It really felt like I was watching a contemporary rendition of the Honeymooners or I Love Lucy - the well meaning lead character's best intentions leads to whacky hijinks.

    I'll give it this, I thought the leads had some chemistry and did the best with some pretty crappy and dated material. But if I'm annoyed by the laugh tracks on good shows like HIMYM and Big Bang Theory, I sure as hell ain't buying it for this...


Dunno how legit it is, but I did a tour of Warner Brothers (behind BBT) and the tour guide *claimed* that there was no laugh track ... however, she admitted that they can turn up the crowd mikes on certain sections of the audience if they're extra enthusiastic.
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.21
    Originally posted by Zeruel


    Ed O'Neil only got the role because Craig T. Nelson turned it down because he didn't want to get lost in an ensemble.


Which is strange, because Craig T. Nelson is on Parenthood, a show that features an ensemble just as big if not bigger than Modern Family.

I had no intention of watching this, but my girlfriend forced me to, as she likes Whitney from Chelsea Lately. I thought Whitney and her boyfriend were the only good parts of the show - the entire supporting cast was completely uninteresting and totally one-dimensional. Jane Kaczmarek as her mom seemed like a role that was totally tacked-on last-minute.

As for "is she hot": After seeing her in the nurse's outfit, I can safely say "yes. Yes she is."



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.71
    Originally posted by geemoney
      Originally posted by Zeruel


      Ed O'Neil only got the role because Craig T. Nelson turned it down because he didn't want to get lost in an ensemble.


    Which is strange, because Craig T. Nelson is on Parenthood, a show that features an ensemble just as big if not bigger than Modern Family.


I was in a rush for work so I didn't double check my faulty memory. It wasn't an ensemble thing, it was a money thing.

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    In a new interview with Access Hollywood Live’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover Wednesday morning, Craig confirmed that he was offered the role of Jay on “Modern Family” prior to landing his “Parenthood” gig, but passed because of the money being offered – or, the lack thereof.

    “Did you turn it down because you had ‘Parenthood’?” Billy asked Craig of the “Modern Family” role.

    “No,” the star replied.

    “Why did you turn it down?” Billy followed.

    “Money,” Craig revealed.

    “More money on ‘Parenthood’?” Kit inquired.

    “Uh huh,” the actor said with a smile.




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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.55
With all due respect to Craig T. Nelson, Ed O'Neill has always deserved better than to be eternally remembered as Al Bundy. Nothing against Married... With Children, but...

Edit: And the Modern Family season premiere was terrific, as was Community, Parks & Recreation, and even The Office.

(edited by Leroy on 23.9.11 1936)
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#14 Posted on
Al Bundy is one of the greatest single TV characters ever. I loved that show as a kid and still watch the reruns today.



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.56
    Originally posted by Wpob
    Al Bundy is one of the greatest single TV characters ever. I loved that show as a kid and still watch the reruns today.


I concur. No matter how long he's on Modern Family, he'll still be Al Bundy. Mark my words and remember them when the obituary headling reads "Actor Who Played Al Bundy Died Peacefully at 98."
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I learned EVERYTHING I've needed to know about life from one man, Al Bundy. Forget religion, the man IS the way, the truth and the light. I like "Modern Family" but I LOVE "Married with Children" and it's why I'm not married, don't have children and drink beer. That's all. :P



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.25
Love the approach taken by Whitney's producer.

    Originally posted by Betsy Thomas
    The most successful comedies in television are multi-camera. So, the whole going away from that, I don't think has necessarily been that successful for NBC. They may have some Emmys, but they're not getting the ratings. If I were an executive at NBC, if I were Bob Greenblatt, I would be trying to develop multi-cam comedy too because that was the bread and butter.

    There's a comedy snobbery around the Thursday night lineup folks that I find incredibly irritating. It's like somehow it became cool to stop trying to be funny. I think the single-cam, like smirking at the camera, mockumentary thing, is one way to do comedy, but I don't think it's the only way.

    We're just making comedy, that's all we're doing. We're not trying to prove a huge point, we're just trying to entertain people for 30 minutes as they wind down their day as they get their kids to bed. It's not rocket science, you know. Everybody just needs to relax a little bit about it. Everybody just stop taking yourself so f---ing seriously.


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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
I think it's another case (Just like New Girl) where almost the entire first episode was everything we've been seeing. She's far too funny to be stuck in something this dreadful, SURELY it will get better.
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