Life in Pieces

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  1. jilter

    jilter Happy to be here.

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    Not sure. The casting seems strange.
    Something about Colin Hanks that bugs me -can not put my finger on it.
    And is it just me or does the other brother resemble Steve Buscemi?
    I did laugh out loud, more than once.
    But it is relationships that drive successful sitcoms, not situations. Too bad network execs fail to get that.
     
  2. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

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    Uneven but ambitious. Pilots of comedies are often rough. I want to see where it goes.
     
  3. dthmj

    dthmj Hinky TCF Club

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    I'll give it a few more episodes.
     
  4. Jstkiddn

    Jstkiddn Shutity up up up

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    I stopped watching and deleted it about halfway through. Seemed like it was trying way too hard to be "edgy and cool" by simply being graphic.
     
  5. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    The concept is a total ripoff of Modern Family. Especially the sentimental voice over at the end while trying to tie all the diverse stories together into one.

    But I like most of the cast so I'll watch a few more and see if it can start to create a path for itself.
     
  6. Michael S

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    That what I kept thinking. When they introduced the family in the second story I thought the dad was trying to act like Phil Dunphy. I was almost expecting a gay couple to show up.
     
  7. mattack

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    Didn't set a OP for it. Still trying out lots of shows even though I record too much already.. But this got the ax early.

    The very first segment was fairly funny.. Pregnant in the hospital wasn't.. funeral wasn't.. Had to look up who played "Colleen", and the only thing I know her from (yeah I guess I've seen her in other things), is the hot chick in "Enlisted".
     
  8. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

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    It didn't work for me.

    I hate when little children speak like adults while still supposedly innocent. e.g., The family checks into the hotel room and the little girl (6 or 8 yrs. old?) learning that Santa & the Easter Bunny & the Tooth Fairy aren't real, then asking about God, and responding with an exasperated "Up is down and down is up for me right now ..." :thumbsdown:
     
  9. efilippi

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    A number of laughs and all with no laugh track assist so I'm looking forward to the next one. And I really like the actress who is Hanks' wife so that's an asset too.
     
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  10. spartanstew

    spartanstew Thanks 4 the Update

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    I enjoyed it.
     
  11. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    i liked it, and since i generally despise sitcoms, i'm in for at least a few more weeks.
     
  12. markz

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    Connersville...
    Liked it enough to keep watching for now.
     
  13. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

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    I thought it was a cross between Modern Family and Parenthood, and thought it was a decent first episode. I'm in at least for now, but it was kind of hit and miss. I thought the funeral thing was totally unfunny, but the rest was pretty decent.
     
  14. Ruth

    Ruth Now with toddler

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    It's definitely a Modern Family imitator, but Modern Family is a great, well-done show, so that's not necessarily bad. I don't yet understand how all the characters fit together, but I thought parts of it were funny, so I'm going to stick with it for a while.
     
  15. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    The characters are all part of the same family.

    John and Joan Short (played by James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) are the father and mother. They have three kids:

    Heather Short Morgan (Betsy Brandt) is married to Tim (Dan Bakkedahl) and they have three kids, the oldest of which is applying for colleges. The middle daughter just had her first period and the youngest just found out Santa Claus isn't real.

    Greg Short (Colin Hanks) is married to Jen (Zoe Lister-Jones) and they just had their first baby.

    Matt Short (Thomas Sadoski) is dating Colleen (Angelique Cabral). Matt apparently still lives with his parents, or has moved back in with them for some reason.
     
  16. dthmj

    dthmj Hinky TCF Club

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    Watched the second episode last night and thought it was much better.
     
  17. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    Agree. It's starting to jell. Interesting how the group segment was first this time, not last.

    Sitcoms are the hardest pilots to pull off. But after two episodes, I like the feel of this one. Curious to see how the ratings are after the 2nd eps.
     
  18. Ruth

    Ruth Now with toddler

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    Huh. I thought the second ep was a step down from the pilot. I thought the group therapy session was dumb, and the lactation consultant segment was so profoundly stupid that I had to fast forward through it.
     
  19. Cainebj

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    Hmmm. Me too. I thought the second episode was SP deletion worthy.
    I'm going to hang on for a few more episodes but so far? Not feeling it.
     
  20. sushikitten

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    Somewhat entertaining. We're keeping it for now.
     

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