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"Undateable" - a decent sitcom in the Summer

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by phrelin, May 30, 2014.

  1. phrelin

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    Much to our surprise, we liked it. Apparently those who watched it agreed because the second half hour held the audience according to the ratings. It has a solid cast and the writing is hilarious.
     
  2. inkahauts

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    Yeah a lot if vets. I think it was supposed to be for winter but they held it back. I enjoyed it to.
     
  3. RunnerFL

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    I watched the 2 episodes last night and LOL'd through most of it. I hope it sticks around although that may make things difficult for Briga Heelan to stick around since her other show, Ground Floor, got picked up for Season 2 on TBS.
     
  4. Jun 6, 2014 #4 of 11
    TomCat

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    There is a lot wrong with this show, a lot bringing it down. Lots and lots.

    But that doesn't mean it is unwatchable; it actually is kind of worth it, at least so far. I'm still in.

    I like Chris De'lia (sp?). I thought he was pretty good in Whitney, which I am still pissed did not get a year-2 pickup (that is one funny girl). But he had excellent writers then, as well as a top-notch cast to bounce off of, way back in the day, and now, he doesn't.

    Then I caught his standup on Comedy Central. Guess what, he really blows at standup. Not sure how he is even making a career of that. And he brings that same low level of talent to this show, unfortunately. I also think he may look back in a few years and wonder "what was I thinking?" regarding his "look", which is a cross between fashion faux paux and serial killer. He is not actually a looker in the first place, and that coupled with maybe the worst haircut since Pee Wee Herman dooms us as viewers from ever thinking he could ever be anything like his character, who had women dropping their panties left and right. Sorry, can't suspend disbelief that much. But then TV is full of schlubs who end up with gorgeous wives (Yes, Dear, anyone? King of Queens? Bob Newhart?)

    But I am rooting for him to get better and win folks over with this short run of shows, as he deserves some success. Not sure I'll make it to the end of the burnoff, but I guess that hardly matters.
     
  5. Jun 6, 2014 #5 of 11
    Stuart Sweet

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    I was a little disappointed by the pilot but usually am with comedies; introducing people just isn't funny. I'm a little worried that this is, as TomCat said, a burnoff, that we will never see this show again. This is yet another show by Bill Lawrence of Scrubs fame and he's at his best 12+ episodes in after he's lost his fascination with the plot and begins to build a richand surreal universe around his characters.
     
  6. Jun 8, 2014 #6 of 11
    TomCat

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    An astute observation on Bill Lawrence, Stu. It fits.

    But as bad as the writing is, I am surprised to see someone of that pedigree even involved. Wasn't Surviving Jack his also? I really liked that, but I was mostly in the minority. And it was Chris Meloni's emmy-caliber delivery that really made the show great, along with good writing.

    But were I you, I would stop being afraid it's a burnoff. It's a burnoff, and that is obvious. There are a lot of winter-season shows that went on to long successful runs (Numb3rs, anyone?) but I have yet to hear of a June burnoff that survived much longer than July. If a show is worthy of being a "try-out", that normally happens in March and April.
     
  7. Jun 9, 2014 #7 of 11
    TomCat

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    OK, well now I'm out. I watched two more eps, and am not sure how I made it that far. I want those two hours of my life back.

    CD just gets creepier and creepier looking the longer he is on screen, but maybe its because he is acting like a douche, and I remember him as Whitney's slightly cool, responsible boyfriend, who I actually liked. He is the type that if I saw him coming, I would cross the street out of my way just to avoid him, and that really lame look he is cultivating is supported by equally douchey behavior. He really needs to try to reign in the wild faces he makes; they are not helping him at all. I tried to imagine what he would look like all cleaned up, Brooks Bros. suit, silk tie, pocket square, $200 haircut, good grooming, etc., and I realized that he would still look like an ugly serial killer. Beard scruff works if you look like a young Don Johnson, but on guys like CD it just looks like he never washes his face. He is very NOT pretty, and he probably adopted that look to try to head fake us away from that fact, unsuccessfully. SL deleted.

    But the fact that CD is creepy is the least of their problems. Bill Lawrence should pull an "Alan Smithee" and wrest his name off the credits. I did not even as much as chuckle once, which is a glaring indication that the show has failed as a comedy. I have not seen writing this bad since 1600 Penn. There is no way people could ever act anything like this in real life, at least not without someone pulling out a pistol and putting them out of their misery like a lame racehorse.

    The network should really consider that. There is a point where your burnoff sitcom becomes less a cheap place to sell lowball commercial makegoods and more a departure point for viewers who you may never win back.
     
  8. Aug 2, 2014 #8 of 11
    phrelin

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    And NBC's 'Undateable' Renewed for Second Season tells us "The Bill Lawrence comedy was a rare standout this summer, averaging 2.8 million viewers on Thursdays."

    Wow, a whole 2.8 million total viewers on broadcast TV. How times have changed.
     
  9. Aug 2, 2014 #9 of 11
    jeffshoaf

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    After a just a few episodes, I decided that "Undatable" was pretty much "Unwatchable".
     
  10. RunnerFL

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    I liked it and I'm glad it will be back.
     
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    I like it and I love the girl from Rules of Engagement. Glad to hear it was renew.
     

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