Partners, Ben & Kate 

Plus: The Mindy Project, Vegas, Neighbors

Pin It
Favorite
click to enlarge Partners - CBS
  • CBS
  • Partners

click to enlarge truetv_stop.jpg
Partners
Monday, Sept. 24 (CBS)

Series Debut: CBS practically screams that Partners creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick co-produced Will & Grace in the ’90s, but conspicuously omits that they also had a shaky hand in 2010’s craptabulous $#*! My Dad Says. Partners brings the two worlds together: amped-up gay stereotypes and auto-drone “comedy,” fluffed with the same obnoxious canned laugh track that CBS dubs into all of its sitcoms (and probably The Talk). Lifelong friends Joe (Numb3rs’ David Krumholtz, playing it straight) and Louis (Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie, playing it G! A! Y!) find themselves in relationships (with One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush and Superman franchise-killer Brandon Routh, respectively), and … nothing ensues. The New Normal isn’t the fall’s worst new “gay” show, this is.

click to enlarge truetv_pause.jpg
Ben & Kate
Tuesday, Sept. 25 (Fox)

Series Debut: A lovable-losers comedy tailor-made to fit with Raising Hope right before it, starring Nat Faxon (Bad Teacher) and Dakota Johnson (offspring of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith) as brother/sister opposites (Ben’s an irresponsible dreamer! Kate’s an uptight realist!) who just need to raise Kate’s baby girl and—you got it—learn from each other. Faxon and Johnson aren’t quite interesting enough to carry Ben & Kate—fortunately, British comic actress Lucy Punch (also Bad Teacher) injects enough wrong, twisted adrenaline into the show to keep it from flat-lining.

click to enlarge truetv_play.jpg
The Mindy Project
Tuesday, Sept. 25 (Fox)

Series Debut: Like Ben & Kate, The Mindy Project seems genetically engineered to mesh with the show before it—in this case, that’s New Girl. Zooey Deschanel proved she could headline a comedy, then wisely stepped back into a tight ensemble; Mindy Kaling, after years of blending in at The Office, seems damned determined to put her Me, Me, Me! stamp on this sucker. She plays Mindy Lahiri, an OB/GYN who worships romantic comedies but can’t understand why her love life never turns out like one—although getting drunk at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding, giving him a smackdown “toast” and then getting arrested for driving a bike into a pool totally sounds like a Sandra Bullock movie. It’s impossible to predict how the hot-mess Mindy Project is going to progress, but there’s nothing else like it, or her, on TV—a good place to start.

click to enlarge truetv_pause.jpg
Vegas
Tuesday, Sept. 25 (CBS)

Series Debut: Former Las Vegas sheriff Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid) just wants to be left alone on his ranch, but the city folks keep dragging him back in! The imaginatively titled Vegas is based on the real-life story of Sheriff Lamb and his 1960 battle against invading Chicago crime lord Vincent Savino (played by Michael Chiklis) to keep burgeoning Las Vegas clean—guess how that turned out? Besides Quaid and Chiklis, the heavy-hitter cast also includes Carrie-Anne Moss, Jason O’Mara and Taylor Handley, but Vegas just comes off like CSI without the tech, or Mad Men with cowboy hats and craps tables. Will somebody please cast Chiklis in something that lives up to The Shield, already?

click to enlarge truetv_stop.jpg
The Neighbors
Wednesday, Sept. 26 (ABC)

Series Debut: ABC has been on such a hot streak with smart comedies (Modern Family, Happy Endings, Suburgatory, Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23) that it’s easy to forgive the air balls (Last Man Standing, the cancellation of Cougar Town, the national tragedy of Work It). But The Neighbors is a whole new breed of lawn turd: The Weavers (previously employable comic actors Lenny Venito and Jami Gertz) move to the New Jersey suburbs and soon learn that everybody else in the ’hood are, here’s the “wacky” twist, aliens. Not so much a reverse 3rd Rock from the Sun as a military-grade torture device.


SEASON PREMIERES THIS WEEK

Thursday, Sept. 20
Up All Night, The Office, Parks & Recreation (NBC)

Friday, Sept. 21
Haven (Syfy)

Sunday, Sept. 23
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards (ABC)
Treme (HBO)

Monday, Sept. 24
Dancing With the Stars, Castle (ABC)
How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)

Tuesday, Sept. 25
Private Practice (ABC)
NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
New Girl (Fox)
Tosh.0 (Comedy Central)

Wednesday, Sept. 26
The Middle, Modern Family (ABC)
Criminal Minds, CSI (CBS)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
South Park, Key & Peele (Comedy Central)

Twitter: @Bill_Frost

Pin It
Favorite

Tags: ,

Speaking of True TV

More by Bill Frost

  • Season's Beatings

    SuperMansion declares War on Christmas; Star gets behind the music.
    • Dec 7, 2016
  • Bombed Out Biz

    Eight local stores that went out of business before City Weekly’s Gift Guide was finished:
    • Dec 7, 2016
  • Faking News

    Eight ways to spot a “fake news” website
    • Nov 30, 2016
  • More »

Latest in True TV

  • Season's Beatings

    SuperMansion declares War on Christmas; Star gets behind the music.
    • Dec 7, 2016
  • 'Toon Under

    Pacific Heat isn't quite Archer; Shut Eye is another Hulu winner.
    • Nov 30, 2016
  • Girls' Town

    Gilmore Girls returns, imperfectly perfect; Incorporated is a slick dystopia.
    • Nov 23, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Fall Forward

    What's new next season from The CW, CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC
    • May 20, 2015
  • Summer Guide 2015

    Remember Fun? City Weekly has your Summer 2015 mixtape
    • Jun 3, 2015

© 2016 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation