Fall Pilots Preview: 2 Broke Girls
(With the fall’s crop of new shows hitting later this month, now seems like a good a time to start previewing all of the new network offerings. As I’m not a professional critic, I don’t get access to all of the nice, shiny screeners that the pros do, so I’m basing my opinions somewhat on their thoughts as well as on teaser clips that the networks have released. These are very rough thoughts that could very well change once I’ve seen a full pilot. With that in mind, onto the preview.)
2 Broke Girls
Who: Stars Kat Dennings (Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and Beth Behrs (Castle).
When: Mondays at 8:30 PM (Premieres September 19)
What: CBS’s description via The Futon Critic: “”2 Broke Girls is a comedy about two young women waitressing at a greasy spoon diner who strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business – if only they can raise the cash. Sassy, streetwise Max (Kat Dennings) works two jobs just to get by, one of which is waiting tables during the night shift at the retro-hip Williamsburg Diner. Sophisticated Caroline (Beth Behrs) is an uptown trust fund princess who’s having a run of bad luck that forces her to reluctantly give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as yet another in a long line of inept servers she must cover for, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max’s knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she sees a lucrative future for them, but they first need to raise the start-up money. While they save their tips, they’ll stay at the restaurant, working with Oleg (Jonathan Kite), an overly flirtatious Russian cook; Earl (Garrett Morris), a 75-year-old kool-kat cashier; and Han Lee (Matthew Moy), the new, eager-to-please owner of the diner. Working together, these two broke girls living in one expensive city might just find the perfect recipe for their big break. Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) and writer-comedian Whitney Cummings (Chelsea Lately) are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.”
Jeremy Likes TV’s Thoughts: 2 Broke Girls has so many things working against it that it would face a significant uphill climb before I even thought of giving it an extended chance. It’s on CBS and their comedy slate is, to be kind, not very good. The only sitcom that I watch on the network is How I Met Your Mother and even that has experienced a precipitous decline in quality over the past two seasons. 2 Broke Girls is also co-created by the man (King) responsible for inflicting Sex And The City upon the world and the woman (Cummings) responsible for possibly the worst new scripted show of the fall, Whitney. And, its main premise is two women with mismatched personalities learning how to live with one another, so, no new ground is being broken here. I’m generally a fan of Dennings’ work but that goodwill only goes so far and I don’t expect that it’s enough for me to stick with this one past the pilot.
Chances It Gets A Full Season: 90%
Recommendation: Thumbs down. It’ll likely be a hit nestled into CBS’s successful Monday night comedy block and it looks much better than Cummings’ other offering (read: damning with very faint praise) but it looks so rote and by the numbers, much like almost every other comedy on CBS. No thanks.
Other Reading About 2 Broke Girls:
HitFix’s Dan Fienberg
The Futon Critic
TVLine’s Matt Webb Mitovich