Bob (Hearts) Abishola - Season Thread *spoilers*

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  1. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    New CBS sitcom from Chuck Lorre, with Billy Gardell (Mike from Mike & Molly) and Folake Olowofoyeku.

    from wiki:
    Bob runs his family’s successful, highly competitive sock company with his mother Dottie (Christine Ebersole), sister Christina, and younger brother Douglas. When the stress of the job lands him in the hospital, he is immediately drawn to Abishola, his kind, hardworking nurse. Now all Bob needs to do is convince her to give him a chance, which will take some doing since they couldn’t be more different. After coming to America from Nigeria to find a better life for herself and her son Dele, Abishola lives in a small apartment with her super-protective relatives, Auntie Olu and Uncle Tunde. Undaunted by Abishola’s lack of initial interest or the vast differences in their backgrounds, Bob is determined to win Abishola’s heart, in this comedic examination of immigrant life in America.

    Really liked this. It's rare to find a sitcom pilot that feels "fleshed out". Usually they take a couple eps to gel, but I liked this from the get-go. It helps that Billy Gardell is a really good comedic actor, and Folake seems to be a real find. The supporting characters did a nice job too. And you can see Chuck Lorre's fingerprints all over this.

    I will admit to being skeptical going into this, but the pilot won me over. SP survives.
     
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  2. tivotvaddict

    tivotvaddict CreativelyChallenged

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    Folake is great as Abishola. It tended a little to the tried and true sitcom-y approach for my usual tastes, but I'll give it a couple more episodes, if only to listen to her delightful Nigerian accent. :)
     
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  3. Family

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    While I liked the female lead, it wasn't really funny.
     
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  4. Donbadabon

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    I was expecting not to like it, but I thought it was cute.
    Her family got a good laugh out of me.
    I'm gonna stick with it.
     
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  5. Jeeters

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    30 seconds in, and it had a fart joke. I was out.
     
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    Boring, unfunny, and uninspired. I'm out.
     
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  7. TonyD79

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    They made Bob look too old. Made it feel a bit creepy.

    BTW, there are 16 years difference between Bob and his mom in real life. And, I think, the same with his daughter.

    I like the people. Need to adjust the humor a bit.
     
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  8. Tony_T

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

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    A lot of the cast from old Lorrie sitcoms (I counted 3, including the nurse)
     
  9. Cainebj

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    I agree it is not funny.
    The age thing did bother me - when it started I thought Christine Ebersole playing his Mom was his wife.
    I kinda took a double take when they said she was supposed to be his mother.
     
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  10. Beryl

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    I enjoyed it. I’m in and I’m not a sitcom fan.
     
  11. Donbadabon

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    For me Episode 2 was really funny. I love her family, and I really like how Abishola is the one not wanting a relationship, but her family and friends do.
    And her friends, they are good too.
     
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  12. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    Agree. Good second episode. And my wife is now watching. She watches very little TV, but likes this.

    Love the co-workers.
     
  13. Beryl

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    Christine Ebersole is a little young to play mom but she can blow (sing)! She showed off in the Episode 2.

    Auntie and Uncle are hilarious.
     
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  14. Cainebj

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    Bob is the least funny thing about this show.
     
  15. Donbadabon

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    You know, I would agree with that.

    It could've been a show about Abishola, her family and friends, and Abishola juggling her work, family, and social life. Without Bob as the constant.

    I've enjoyed both episodes so far though, and am glad I started at the beginning. Most shows I come in late (like 4th season) and have to back track.
     
  16. jamesbobo

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    It wouldn't surprise me if that was the original idea of the show. But network executives nixed the idea thinking it wouldn't appeal to a large enough audience without a more conventional character to identify with. I don't know if that's true, but I do know many shows go through changes before they are broadcast.
     
  17. TonyD79

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    Funny. I see it more as Lorre finding a vehicle for one of his guys.
     
  18. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    I really like the co-workers. They're the best part of this show. Could do without the brother & sister altogether, although the mom is okay (Christine Ebersole).

    Kemi: "Not according to Fox News"
    Abishola: "And they're Fair and balanced"

    I think you need the "Bob" character to balance the show. He doesn't have to carry it, but without him it's just a sitcom about a fish out of water (African in America). He brings a humanity to the story line. Plus, I think Billy Gardell is a really good comedy actor.
     
  19. Cainebj

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    My first one pass deletion of the new season...
     
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    Mine too.
     

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