The networks have announced their fall schedules, but which of the series will actually be worth watching?
The networks have announced their fall schedules, but which of the series will actually be worth watching? Throughout the summer, as I watch the pilots, I'll be posting my first impressions. A lot can change before a show makes it to air, so these aren't comprehensive reviews, just quick thoughts on how the shows look now. Today's installment: ABC's "Big Shots."
What's it about? "Men are the new women" is the mantra of this "Sex and the City" for men, which traces the disastrous personal lives of four high-powered CEOs.
Who's in it? Michael Vartan, Dylan McDermott, Christopher Titus, Joshua Malina
The good: It's a strong cast filled with three TV powerhouses (Vartan, McDermott, Titus) as well as nerdy Malina, an Aaron Sorkin favorite. A show like this can live or die by the guys' chemistry, and they play off each other decently well in the pilot.
The bad: Everything else. The most commonly uttered phrase seemed in the pilot seemed to be "we're men" — in case we could forget. It's trite and dull, with stereotypical jokes about demanding women, sexual fetishes, marriage therapy, etc. Also, much as I love Malina, he seems utterly out of place as a powerful businessman.
Will I watch? I doubt it — and, furthermore, I don't think it's worthy of the post-"Grey's Anatomy" time slot.
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