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Pilot Watch: Accidentally on Purpose

The networks have announced their Fall schedules, but which series will be worth watching? Throughout the Summer, as I watch the pilots, I'll be posting my first impressions. Note that a lot can change before a show actually makes it to air, so these aren't reviews, just quick thoughts on how the shows look now. Today's pick: the CBS comedy Accidentally on Purpose.

What's it about? A San Francisco movie critic has a brief fling with a much-younger man and ends up pregnant.

Who's in it? Jenna Elfman, Grant Show, Jon Foster, Ashley Jensen

The good: When the show is in straight-up comedy mode, it can be very funny — I laughed out loud a fair number of times, especially in the moments focusing on Billie's relationship with Zack (Foster). I'm curious to see more from the supporting cast, especially Ashley Jensen as Billie's sex-crazed best friend and a few of Zack's roommates, who get some amusing slacker-comedy moments in the first episode. This seems like the rare show about a pregnancy that would have enough material to continue long after the baby is born.

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The bad: The pilot packs in a lot — it's practically an entire romantic comedy in 22 minutes, and I wish the script had let some of the moments breathe more (or at all). Maybe because they're so rushed, several of the emotional lines come across as too earnest and almost cheesy. Elfman's Billie occasionally veers a bit toward the cartoony and neurotic; she's actually funnier and more likable when that's dialed back.

Will I watch? I'll definitely check back in with this one. There's clearly some good material there, especially with Zack and Billie's relationship.

To check out a behind-the-scenes feature and some photos, just

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bento-barista bento-barista 7 years
Oh yay! I missed Jenna Elfman.
Tech Tech 7 years
I actually read this book! I'm very interested to see how they make it a sitcom.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
Nice to know Mick LaSalle dates young
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
From the previews I've seen, this show looks good. I like Jenna Elfman and Ashley Jensen too, so I'll probably check this show out.
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