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Thursday, April 14, 2011: The Paul Reiser Show

by F. John Rickert April 14, 2011 6:00 am
Thursday, April 14, 2011: <i>The Paul Reiser Show</i>

Let's just get this out in the open: The whole show seems like a total ripoff of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm made for anyone who would never subscribe to HBO. Paul Reiser is playing a semiautobiographical version of himself as a former TV star who is living the new American dream as a dude who doesn't really do anything more than get into trouble with his friends and family. However, unlike David, the misanthropic prick, Reiser is way too likable. If Reiser's character here is anything like his Mad About You persona, Paul Buchman, his eccentricities will only be charming and lovable. A combination of traits that make for a sitcom full of slow, forced jokes aimed too broadly to ever actually land for anyone. In other words, this is dad TV in its purest form.

But maybe you are a dad who actually read and enjoyed Reiser's soft humor books on being a husband and a dad. If that's the case then you might actually think it's about time that Reiser made his return to television to provide us with some quality life lessons in doing as I say and not what I do. Or if you're younger than me you probably have no idea who he is or why he's getting his own show. Don't worry, there's American Idol for you on Fox at this time.

If you're a dad, have your kids program your DVR to record this show tonight at 8:30 on NBC.

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