Tuesday, May 15, 2012

These Are the Crappy Shows Coming to Network TV in the Fall

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM

The fact that I'll probably only have so long to appreciate some of my favorite TV shows (Community, 30 Rock and Parks & Rec, like every jerk on the internet) is a little troubling to me, so I'm not particularly inclined to enjoy new shows on network TV just because I think they're going to be dumb and more like the insanely-bad Two Broke Girls than the shows I like which no one other than my friends on Facebook seem to watch.

Proving my point, this description (and the above preview) for NBC's Next Caller, which stars Dane Cook (bad), but also seems to be driven by every cliche ever (super-bad):

What happens when a foulmouthed satellite radio DJ - played by the multi-platinum selling artist and outrageously charming Dane Cook - is forced to share the mic with a chipper NPR feminist? It's anyone's call in this sharp new comedy from producer Stephen Falk ("Weeds") and Emmy-winning director Marc Buckland ("Grimm," "My Name Is Earl").

It's her first day in New York City, and 26-year-old Stella Hoobler is ready to take on the world. After a stint on public radio, she's been hired to co-host the no-holds-barred show "Booty Calls with Cam Dunne." Smart, spunky and passionate, Stella is determined to elevate the show beyond its boys'-club-locker-room humor into a respected debate about men, women and the state of human relationships. But there's a problem: Cam! She's going to find out the hard way that he's got no intention of sharing the spotlight, especially with someone like her. It's going to be a tense fight, but with the station's one rule being "make some noise," Cam and Stella could be a winning combination - as long as they don't knock each other out on their way to success.

Has anyone ever referred to Dane Cook as "outrageously charming," other than just now in this press release? I don't think so, especially considering that his turn as a movie star ended pretty quickly, regardless of the number of attractive women Hollywood tried pairing him with. Also, THE RADIO SHOW IS CALLED "BOOTY CALLS WITH CAM DUNNE". Poor Jeffrey Tambor. Poor, poor Jeffrey Tambor.

Not that I generally watch CBS, other than when I remember that the Amazing Race is on or for sporting events, but they have a particularly terrible idea on their fall schedule: a sitcom about people working at Groupon.

CBS has greenlit Friend Me. Here’s the (rather extensive) logline: “Twentysomething best friends, Evan and Rob, move from their hometown of Bloomington, Ind., to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at Groupon. Evan is having trouble breaking his old slothful habits and rather than go out after work to explore L.A. and meet new people, prefers to play online poker with his buddies back home. Rob has different plans and is determined to drag Evan, kicking and screaming, along with him.” Cast includes Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Nicholas Braun.

I just don't understand, but at least there are always Mary Tyler Moore re-runs on ME TV. Thank God for those.

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