TIMESLOTThursday @ 9:30pm on NBC.
SYNOPSISA hilarious look at modern love, "Whitney" is a new multi-camera comedy series about Whitney (Whitney Cummings, "Chelsea Lately") and Alex (Chris D'Elia, "Glory Daze"), a happily unmarried couple. Together for five years, the duo is in no rush to get hitched. However, after attending yet another one of their friends' weddings, Whitney realizes that she and Alex are dangerously close to relationship boredom. Determined not to let that happen, Whitney consults her close circle of opinionated girlfriends -- including Lily (Zoe Lister-Jones, "The Other Guys") and Roxanne (Rhea Seehorn, "The Starter Wife") -- and then snaps into action. A few awkward sexy costumes and one botched seductive evening later, the couple ends up in the emergency room. Even so, Whitney and Alex realize that while their relationship might not be perfect on paper, they really do love each other -- and that works for them. Also starring are Maulik Pancholy (NBC's "30 Rock") as Lily's perfect boyfriend, and Dan O'Brien ("How I Met Your Mother") as an eternal bachelor.
"Whitney" is produced by Universal Media Studios and Scott Stuber Productions. Stuber ("The Break Up"), Quan Phung, Betsy Thomas ("My Boys") and Barry Katz ("Last Comic Standing") are executive producers. Cummings also serves as executive producer/writer. Andy Ackerman ("Seinfeld," "The New Adventures of Old Christine") is an executive producer and directed the pilot.
REVIEWSPlease note that these reviews may contain spoilers.
|Gordon McDougall's Take|
|I always try not to read other reviews before I screen a pilot, but I was unable to with this one. Fortunately, the two I read were polar opposites of each other. One called Whitney a female Seinfeld, while the other called it the worst show of the season. I lean more to the Seinfeld comparison.
Whitney Cummings’ humour is very caustic, very biting, but she finds herself in a sitcom situation with a bit of an edge. She’s living with a guying for five years, and there’s pressure to get married, but both struggle about whether to take that arguably inconsequential—but still terror-inducing—step.
Something tells me a lot of meetings went into this series; a lot of struggles in the big executive offices of NBC (so absurdly depicted in Seinfeld during the period where Jerry and George were trying to develop his own sitcom). Something also tells me that Whitney lost a lot of those struggles she inevitably had in those meetings, but if it becomes a hit with viewers, I’m certain that she will be able to mold the show into what she originally intended (in the same way Seinfeld and Roseanne did with their shows, for better or worse).
My feeling about this show is that we give it a chance, by the end of this season, it will find its groove, and we’ll all reap the benefits with the “next big thing”! Judging from the pilot, it’s enjoyable enough to sit through. It’s a promising premise. So far, I don’t see much to root for this season, but if I had to pick one right now, it would be Whitney.
It’s good enough it’ll probably get another season or more.
|Rating: There's a great future for this show!|
|About Gordon McDougall|
TVGord is a radio host at 580 CFRA in Ottawa. He does a weekly segment about TV every friday which you can hear in MP3 in the '580 CFRA Interviews' section of their website, www.cfra.com