Fall TV is almost here! But before we get to the premieres, I still have to finish up a few of my pilot scoops. Today's selection is $#*! My Dad Says (or as the network execs like to call it, Bleep My Dad Says). The pilot was reshot after the role of Henry was recast, but here are my thoughts on the network's first attempt.
What it's about: $#*! My Dad Says takes the popular Twitter feed by Justin Halpern and turns it into a TV show. William Shatner stars as the father in question, an irritable and outspoken retiree named Ed who rattles off advice to anyone and everyone. When his writer son Henry (Jonathan Sadowski) finds himself strapped for cash after losing his job at a men's magazine, Ed offers to let Henry move in. Henry accepts, knowing all too well the pearls of "wisdom" he'll have to endure. Mad TV vets Will Sasso and Nicole Sullivan also star as Vince and Bonnie, Ed's older son and daughter-in-law.
What works: It's Shatner! When you have a show that's built around Twitter barbs, he's the man you want delivering them. His presence alone should bring in an audience.
What doesn't: Like I mentioned before, the pilot I saw actually starred a different actor as Henry (Ryan Devlin of Cougar Town), who was later replaced with Sadowski. It's never a good sign when a show has to do such a drastic overhaul, but Devlin wasn't even the issue for me. The real problem is that the episode relies solely on forced one-liners without much else holding it together. It needs to care less about staying true to its tweet inspiration and focus more on Ed's relationship with his sons.
Am I hooked? I'll throw Shatner some support, but it's going to need some help to stay afloat.
When is it on? $#*! My Dad Says premieres Thursday, Sept. 23, at 8:30 p.m.
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