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1600 Penn

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by TomCat, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. renbutler

    renbutler Godfather

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    I agree with this.

    I try not to judge an entire show based on the promos, but if the material in the promos was the best material they could use to attract viewers, it certainly wasn't the right show for me. Most promos are simply neutral to me, but the 1600 Penn promos were literally cringe-inducing.

    It looks like a bad ABC TGIF premise more than a prominent modern comedy.
     
  2. dettxw

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    Might as well watch Chris Farley and David Spade in Black Sheep if you like political-related embarrassing humor.

    To me the 1600 Penn actors are trying to hard to be funny rather than the story and writing being funny. The acting by the fat guy (Gad?) and (sadly) Bill Pullman is especially cringe-worthy.

    Oh well, there's lots of other stuff on, and I've only got time to watch a small percentage of it so this one moves way down the queue.
     
  3. pablo

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    I've long ago learned not to judge anything by its promo, especially a new TV series, where the promos are usually made up of scenes from the first two episodes or so. Most if not all shows keep getting better as they go along.
     
  4. toobs

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    I tried trying the first episode and I had to give up on it. It was just awkward to watch.
     
  5. Hoosier205

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    Look what's on tonight and hasn't been "yanked."
     

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  6. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    I have not watched this show, but I agree completely with TomCat about Mr. Gad. He fits into that same category as Breckin Meyer and Mark Feuerstein, comedians who are tossed from show to show because the comedy "establishment" thinks they are funny when they aren't. Sometimes, like Ty Burrell, they finally land a show where they can shine. Sometimes they don't.

    At any rate, Mr. Gad's "look at me, I'm acting like a 4-year-old" schtick doesn't work at all for me. I certainly wish that the makers of jOBS had chosen someone else but then again I'm not overly fond of Mr. Kutcher either and he seems to embody the late Mr. Jobs, at least in pictures.

    Despite having seen far too many dramas and comedies about the President (including Independence Day when Mr. Pullman also played the President) I would have given this one a chance had it not been for the photos showing Mr. Gad looking like a cartoon character bouncing about in the background.
     
  7. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    Well my DVR recorded a 2/7 episode. Funny, I could have sworn someone said it was "yanked". Hmmmm...
     
  8. astrohip

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    Let's drop the hissy fits and discuss the show... :grin:

    It's terrible. I killed my Season Pass. Too much of Josh Gad. I thought it was an ensemble sitcom, but it appears to be the JG show. And honestly, he's not funny enough to carry this show.

    If they mixed him in with all the others, it might actually be decent. But with 80% of the show being Josh, it's just too much. He appears to be trying too hard. Doesn't matter if he is or not, he *appears* to be. His over-the-top style doesn't make sense with a show like this--seriously, it's hard to have a White House based sitcom when one character plays a clown. You can't "buy into the concept".

    I'd put my money on this show being killed sooner rather than later.

    Too bad, I love me some Jenna Elfman.
     
  9. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

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    Not surprising considering he is the co-creator and executive producer.
     
  10. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I was hoping for more of an ensemble show when I first saw the previews ... but it does seem to be the Josh Gad Project.

    BTW: It was odd to see the Valentines episode of The Office last week. Obviously moving up an episode to provide a better lead in to the premier of "Do No Harm" threw the schedule off by a week.

    1600 Penn is off again this week for an hour long episode of the office.
     
  11. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    An admittedly small amount of research has failed to unearth any reason that Mr. Gad would have what it takes to executive produce a show, a task that often requires a decent amount of money or a good number of connections. He seems to be friends with Bryce Dallas Howard and possibly with the creators of The Book of Mormon.

    Given my perception of his skill I had expected him to be the child of influential parents or to have close Hollywood friends.
     
  12. pablo

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    I don't know what it is I'm missing but I'm enjoying this show. Shrug.
     

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