For those two people on the planet who were anxiously awaiting Paul Reiser's triumphant return to the sitcom world after Mad About You, keep waiting, because this new series isn't remotely amusing. In fact, it's dreadful, which basically renders the plot of the pilot episode moot, as it focused on Reiser turning down a game show gig that he deemed beneath him. So subpar "comedy" is okay, but a twisted new game show is somehow selling out?
Like Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Reiser is kind of TV comedy royalty. With long runs on My Two Dads and Mad About You, love them or hate them, he never really needs to work again. But, just as Jerry Seinfeld came back to confuse audiences with The Marriage Ref, Reiser has come back with a sitcom that explains exactly what it is he's doing right now: hanging out with his male acquaintances, taking meetings and taking care of his kids. If that doesn't sound funny, well, we're not going to correct you (it's kind of like a watered-down Curb Your Enthusiasm), but we sat down with the jokey TV icon to find out where the show came from and where it's going.
It's a strange news day to be sure, but one thing is certain: MTV is happy they don't have to make a token effort to play music anymore now that they've ditched that part of their logo.