The pilot of Bent premiered last night on NBC, and it gave me a teeny-tiny wave of deja vu that carried me back to watching another solidly mediocre NBC romantic comedy TV show. And like Free Agents, it would be my best guess that Bent is destined for cancellation sooner rather than later.
Granted, Free Agents' over-jazzed slickness and failure to characterize its protagonists are not issues for Bent. Nope, the characterizations of Pete (David Walton) and Alex (Amanda Peet) are hammered in pretty hard: she's an uptight lawyer from NorCal with a kid and an ex-husband in white collar prison; he's a man-whoring, surfing contracter from SoCal [...]
Every year in the fall, and then again in the middle of winter, we get our hopes up for some of the new network sitcoms that are set to premiere on the Big Four (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC), and The CW, kind of, and we immediately write off others. Take 2011, for instance: we all knew Whitney and Last Man Standing were going to stink, but hey, Free Agents (before it got cancelled…) and New Girl are actually kind of good! But how does this season so far (which isn’t full completely, and won’t be until Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 and Napoleon Dynamite, among others, [...]
First things first: the protagonists of Free Agents, Alex (Hank Azaria) and Helen (Kathryn Hahn), two PR agents newly single after long-term relationships, are good 'n' charming. After being the funniest thing about How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days and Our Idiot Brother (and Anchorman, as the secretary who reveals that Ron Burgundy will read “a-ny-thin-guh” off a cue card), it’s about time Hahn gets to star in something. And obviously, I could listen to Hank Azaria name made-up sex positions for a few hours at least.
Free Agents, the upcoming NBC sitcom starring Hank Azaria, is a remake of a British show of the same name. If you want to compare the original to the new, Americanized version, BBC America will be showing it starting on October 8th.
NBC is set to pick up a whopping six new comedies for next season, virtually guaranteeing that there will be a second comedy night on the network. Here's what to look forward to:
–Up All Night: This is the much-buzzed-about "untitled Emily Spivey project," which the SNL/Parks & Rec writer is fronting with Lorne Michaels producing. It stars Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett and is "an irreverent look at parenthood through the POV of an acerbic working mother — who never thought she’d be a mom — along with her stay-at-home husband and opinionated parents."
–Free Agents: Hank Azaria will star as "a recent divorcé [...]