September 26, 2006

Grumpy Llama Tee Vee Review

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It isn't often that I venture into the realm of network tee vee, but I didn't really care at all about the football game last evening and instead sat down with the Missus to watch "The New Adventures of Old Christine." Mostly I was curious to see if Julia Louis-Dryfus looked likely to break the Seinfeld Curse.

Well. I didn't have any idea of the show's premise going in. Here's CBS's own description:

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Seinfeld") in a comedy about a divorced working mom who is successfully juggling the daily stresses of motherhood and her business, while maintaining her fantastic relationship with her ex-husband…until his young, new girlfriend enters the picture, instantly complicating her life. Christine Campbell has a busy life--after all, she's prone to taking NyQuil to get to sleep and leaving voicemail messages to herself in the middle of the night. But it's a good life: she owns a women's 30-minute workout gym, and her 8-year-old son, Ritchie (Trevor Gagnon), was just accepted into a posh private school where she encounters two snooty stay-at-home class moms, Marly (Tricia O'Kelley) and Lindsay (Alex Kapp Horner), who can't seem to grasp the concept that Christine actually works. Her 20-something slacker brother, Matthew (Hamish Linklater), lives with her and has an uncanny knack of getting Ritchie to do anything Christine can't. Also, she gets along with her charming ex-husband, Richard (Clark Gregg), even better than when they were married. But easy street is suddenly filled with a major pothole when Christine discovers that Richard has a new girlfriend: a young, nice, impossible-to-hate woman also named Christine…the "new" Christine (Emily Rutherfurd), and that doesn't sit very well with "Old Christine." Now, as Christine realizes that Richard is moving on with his life, it dawns on her that maybe it's time for her to take that same leap.

I suppose that massive familial dysfunction could be made hip and wacky, but really, this show just left a bad, bad taste in my mouth. (And that's not counting the appearance of Scott Bakula looking like he was wearing some kind of weirdo Rod Stewart wig.) Am I overreacting? Meb. And meb I'd have a different opinion if the writing were any better. After all, the characters on Seinfeld were all thoroughly unpleasant as well. One simply didn't care, however, because the comedy was done so deftly. But here? The characters are pathetic, the plot horrifying and the writing hag-ridden with every cheap social cliche known to Hollywood.

I couldn't tell from one viewing whether the Curse is still alive and well, but I certainly hope so.

Posted by Robert at September 26, 2006 01:44 PM | TrackBack

Regretfully she received some sort of award for her performance on this ill-conceived idea they call a television show.

After watching a couple of episodes last year I'd hoped the show would die a miserable death. Then maybe she'd follow in the footsteps of the other heiresses and only surface when the paparazzi took pictures of her drunk in public whilst flashing her boobs and / or forgetting to wear her under-roos.

Posted by: phin at September 26, 2006 01:56 PM

What? You mean there's already been a season? I thought the show was brand new. Oh, Lawd.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at September 26, 2006 02:07 PM

The show generally is pretty crappy. But does on occasion mock her character's and her real life liberal sensibilities. Under these circumstances is the show in any way enjoyable. But it's still a half an hour of my life I will never get back.

Posted by: richj at September 26, 2006 02:52 PM

Best TV mom in this century was Megyn Price ("Grounded For Life" rerun on ABC Family)

Best TV mom on a current show either Jean Louisa Kelly or Liza Snyder on "Yes, Dear"

ulia Louis-Dreyfus's problem is she looks like Lucy Arnaz Jr., who seemed too perfect back in teh late 60s, early 70s

Posted by: don surber at September 26, 2006 08:33 PM

Sheesh, is the 30-minute workout gym the butt (ha!) of jokes too?

Posted by: GroovyVic at September 27, 2006 06:02 AM