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First Look: Better Off Ted


ABC's Better Off Ted is a quirky little comedy that reminds me in spirit of the network's Knights of Prosperity (which I loved, even if nobody else did, so that's a compliment). The comedy stars Jay Harrington — most recently seen pestering Addison Montgomery as Wyatt on Private Practice — as a man trying to make his way in a screwed-up science corporation.

The show, which also stars Portia de Rossi and comes from the creator of Andy Richter Controls the Universe, won me over in the first few minutes of its pilot with a ridiculous ad spotlighting the company and all the things it does ("Power. We make that."). The plot of the first episode is more than a little messed up (they freeze a guy!), but there's also a creamer-hoarding co-worker and references to an exploding pumpkin — in other words, enough little touches to keep me laughing even when I knew I should be appalled.

ABC's had a rough go of it finding audiences for its comedies lately; will Better Off Ted change that? The show doesn't have a premiere date yet but is expected to be on the air sometime this Spring, and to check out the clip reel we saw at TCA last week, just read more.

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