Growing Up Fisher was the second of two pilots NBC ran at the end of the Olympics. ("About a Boy"
was the first.)
"In the new NBC comedy, Growing Up Fisher, which bowed Sunday night, J.K. Simmons (The Closer, Oz) plays a blind lawyer named Mel who must navigate his career and family after getting a divorce
all with the help of his young son and guide dog."
It appears to be based on the real life of showrunner D.J. Nash, whose dad was blind. Similar in concept to The Goldberg's in that aspect.
I liked the pilot. JK Simmons was great as the blind dad/lawyer. I wasn't thrilled with Jenna Elfman's character (she plays the mom). One, she's way too young to be his wife. Two, the whole "want to rediscover my youth" story just feels awkward. I don't want to watch episodes where she tries to wear the same clothes as her 16 yr old daughter. If they can find ways to take advantage of Elfman's natural screen persona (the wacky free spirit) and still fit her into the story, the show could do well. Otherwise, we're back to 1600 Penn, which cratered when viewers realized there was no cast chemistry.
One thing they need to resolve is why the divorce, and how that affects family dynamics. They didn't really give us any reason for a divorce, other then Elfman wants to discover the youth she never had (she married young). But why a divorce? And then they show the family getting along so well at the end, so again, why divorce?
They did a great job pulling the blind aspect of the dad into the story. I always think of blind people as helpless (I know, terrible stereotyping on my part :o), but here they had him doing everything. Like chain-sawing a tree (you gotta see it to believe it).
Looking forward to the next couple episodes to see if this can gel or not. Growing Up Fisher moves to its regular timeslot this Tuesday, Febuary 25 at 9:30/8:30c.