Attention all Accidentally on Purpose fans! I mean, fan! Yes, you! Here you go.
The third day of upfronts brought us the endurance test that is the CBS presentation, held for the umpteenth year in freezing-cold Carnegie Hall. And once again, I was bemused by how defensive the executives sounded while touting the most successful network on television. CBS has the most popular drama (CSI), the most popular comedy (Two and a Half Men) and the most popular new show of the 2008-09 season (The Mentalist). And yet there's this undercurrent of resentment towards their lower-rated, but far "cooler," competitors that's actually fascinating from an armchair psychologist's perspective.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who like Jenna Elfman and those who don't. With her Carol Burnett-channeling voice and penchant for physical comedy, I can see how she'd rub certain people the wrong way, but I will admit to enjoying Dharma & Greg when I was finally convinced to watch by my wife. Granted, a strong supporting cast helped that show, but she and Thomas Gibson had sufficient chemistry (or at least enough odd-couple cutesiness) between them to form a solid foundation. The premise was a touch formulaic -- earthy girl with hippie parents marries lawyer dude with blueblood parents -- but it worked, somehow. That said, having seen the first episode of Accidentally on Purpose, I'm not sure if it has the formula, the chemistry or the supporting cast to stick around.