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The Trophy Wife "Pilot" S1E1 09/24/2013

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by astrohip, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    This was funny! I was very pleasantly surprised. Only recorded because I typically try to watch all new sitcoms, and honestly, I didn't have high hopes, nor did I really care. Just didn't sound that appealing. And the reviews were mixed.

    And this is why we actually WATCH THEM. I thought this was funny, and for a pilot, surprisingly well-fleshed out. First off, the actors are great. Between Malin Ackerman, Bradley Whitford, Marcia Gay Harden and others, they have an amazingly deep cast. Both Whitford and Harden could do this in their sleep, yet they really seemed to bring their A game (ok, no more cliches).

    It was funny, had a catchy plot, no characters you immediately hate or think "miscast", but mainly, kept me laughing and entertained the entire time.

    If I had a single complaint, it would be the sheer number of characters we had to meet. But any sitcom pilot faces this, and I'm sure within a couple of eps, they'll be family.

    Again, as with many sitcom pilots, the first five minutes have some cringe and you want to delete it right then. But unlike most pilots, where it takes an episode or two before the fun overcomes the cringe, within minutes I was liking this.

    I have no idea what the buzz is, or if anyone watched. It may be doomed from the start. But I liked it.

    Try it!:up:
     
  2. billypritchard

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    I give this a big thumbs up too. Malin Ackerman plays slapstick so well, she was really funny.

    I think they missed out by not putting this behind Modern Family. It plays to the same demographic I think, not so smarmy as Suburgatory (which I like, but could also be pretty wacky crappy).
     
  3. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Positive review:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/...e-bad-title-smart-comedy-video_n_3986505.html

    And another:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maureen-ryan/michael-j-fox-show-review_b_3983307.html


    I think they may have done some serious damage with this title. This is one of the few sitcoms I had NOT planned to try, as the title turned me off (I had visions of a chick-flick show). Only watched because of a couple of positive reviews.

    Seriously, what was ABC thinking? Cougar Town? Trophy Wife? Do they care if shows succeed?
     
  4. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Active Member

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    Yup. I reluctantly hit play but then found that of all the new shows, this was struck the best chord. Introduced the characters quickly and clearly and used that for humor right off the bat. Almost everyone has something you can like about them and understand while having quirks that make them stand out and leads naturally to comedy.
     
  5. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    I had little hope for it and even deleted the ARWL at one time because I thought it would be crap. As it turns out, it's by far the best new show this season so far.
     
  6. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

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    I loved the little Asian boy locked in the car and working the lady's cellphone. He is a fantastic young actor!
     
  7. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Active Member

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    Oddly, yes.
     
  8. Maui

    Maui Major Lee Oblivious

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    I enjoyed it and will most likely keep watching.
     
  9. marksman

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    Only new comedy I have found funny so far. It is very much in the vein of Modern Family but I really enjoyed it. Malin Ackerman is about as fearless a comedic actor as you will find.
     
  10. Graymalkin

    Graymalkin Grumpy Poster

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    I enjoyed this, as well. I don't watch a lot of sitcoms -- just How I Met Your Mother, and only because this is the Season of the Mother -- but Trophy Wife gets an SP for now.

    (I'll also be sampling The Crazy Ones and The Michael J. Fox Show, but I'm holding out hope only for the latter. Decided not to continue with Brooklyn Nine-Nine.)
     
  11. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    ABC has put "Super Fun Night" after Modern Family, starting next week. If SFN is the next Modern Family, then good decision. Otherwise, the schedulers have once again stuck their heads up the @$$es by missing this. This show has the potential to be a medium sized hit for ABC. By premiering it on a night with FOUR other premieres, it's almost guaranteed to get lost in the crowd. By premiering it after The Goldbergs, a show that will be challenged to keep viewers and as poor a lead-in as I can imagine, they doomed it.

    I hope I'm wrong, but I think this is a case of poor scheduling killing a show. I say that without knowing what next week's numbers will be. I hope I'm wrong and retention stays high. But the early numbers don't look good.

    ABC is run by idiots. They truly are.
     
  12. milo99

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    funny you say this because i missed the pilot because i changed channels after the Goldbergs started and i didn't realize trophy wife was on after them.

    it was also a pilot i wasn't necessarily trying to keep an eye out for so i didn't set it to record previously. the only reason i checked it out was because i clicked on this thread and saw good initial comments. and i enjoyed it. SP is set.
     
  13. TonyD79

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    I had to check. I am in a TiVo forum. You changed channels? ;)
     
  14. milo99

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    heh.. .yeah, i think i was watching SHIELD (is that what was on before Goldbergs?), having started it late so we could FF thru commercials, and we caught up right around the end of the show. The tivo wasn't recording anything at that time so i was on live tv and when the goldbergs came on, i had no desire to watch that, so i started flipping through channels. then ended up watching something else that was recorded... but totally didn't realize trophy wife was on afterwards.
     
  15. billypritchard

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    I watched a few clips of Super Fun Night. GIANT FLOP written all over it. It makes zero sense for them not to pair Trophy Wife (with a better name) with Modern Family. So dumb.
     
  16. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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  17. Steveknj

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    I also was very pleasantly surprised with this. This was another of my, "what the heck, I have 5 tuners so I'll record it" shows and we really liked it. I also felt the Modern Family vibe with a bit of Legally Blonde. My one complaint for the pilot is I felt they tried to cram in TOO many story lines, to try and introduce us to each character.

    One thing I'm unclear about, who is Natalie Morales' character supposed to be. Is she Malin's friend?
     
  18. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    Yes she was the one singing karaoke with Malin
     
  19. kar74

    kar74 hi.

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    It was an okay show for me. I definitely think the little Asian boy stole the show. He's an amazing actor. :). I might give it another chance before setting a SP.
     
  20. sharkster

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    I really enjoyed it. I'm staying. I find Malin Ackerman intriguing and she's funny. Of course it was kitschy and predictable, but then most sitcoms are. I still enjoy a decent sitcom. I've watched a few of the new ones so far and haven't seen one (yup, even Dads) that I am deleting. :)
     

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