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The pilot is
basically 22 minutes of fat jokes (examples in the trailer, below). I don’t know about you, but I don’t need to be told a main character’s fart weighs 3 and 1/2 pounds, though admittedly that’s the crudest line.
Wisely, “Mike & Molly” has both
the title characters attending Overeaters Anonymous and making efforts
to lose weight. An unhealthy person trying to better themselves makes
for far more sympathetic viewing than characters sitting on the couch
and reveling in their obesity (that would be the Fox version).
an unremarked undercurrent of fantasy fulfillment in most hit comedies,
however. “How I Met Your Mother” is an idealized circle of friends —
who wouldn’t want to get beers with that group? “Two and a Half Men” has
Charlie Sheen’s idealized swinging single existence. “Modern Family”
has an idealized upper-class family life.
Will viewers find
fantasy fulfillment in an overweight, blue-collar couple dating? If the characters
are funny enough, lovable enough, audiences will show up regardless.
“Big Bang Theory” isn’t really fantasy fulfillment, after all, just
really funny. Also, closer to this example, “Roseanne.” This is far from a
hard rule, in other words, so don’t beat me up with exceptions. But
typically the sitcom universe — whether the “Cheers” bar or the
“Friends” apartment — tends to thrive if you create an environment that most
viewers could see themselves wanting to visit.
Here’s the trailer (more fall TV trailers here), see what you think:
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