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CBS's Accidentally on Purpose Pales in Comparison to Book

CBS's Accidentally on Purpose Pales in Comparison to Book

Mary Pols's Accidentally on Purpose made me laugh, cry, and relate. I rooted for the 39-year-old film critic and her baby daddy, Matt, as I read the author's witty account of her unplanned journey into motherhood. Considering the book to be the mama of all pregnancy must reads, I even gifted it to several expecting friends. So last night, I sat on my couch crossing my fingers that CBS's new sitcom based on the text would live up to my expectations. It didn't even come close. Here's why.

  • I couldn't wrap my mind around Jenna Elfman as Billie — I kept seeing Dharma and her over-the-top antics, but no Greg.
  • Twenty-one minutes passed before I laughed.

For the rest of my observations,

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  • The stereotypical characters on the small screen lacked the depth of those in the text. Billie is a haphazard cougar on the prowl and Zack (Jon Foster) is an overgrown kid with poor pickup lines and idiot friends, a big stretch from the endearing 20-something in the book that got a woman several years his senior in the sack.
  • The season premiere was rushed. In a single episode, we saw the demise of Billie's relationship with James (Grant Show), her rebound fling with Zach, the two move in together and a nursery concocted.

I won't be watching the show again . . . unless the network saves the one-dimensional sitcom by hiring Pols as head writer. What's your opinion?

Lil's still holding out hope for Fall's other hot-mom shows, so tune in tonight and follow LilSugar's live tweets as we watch The Good Wife!
Photo courtesy of CBS

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depeche3 depeche3 7 years
I didn't think it was terrible.... but, since it was just a pilot I will be giving it another chance.
schnappycat schnappycat 7 years
Jon Foster is hot and I've always liked him. Too bad they didn't find a better vehicle for him.
DStirk DStirk 7 years
Agreed Lil! Jenna Elfman is forever Dharma in my book...
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