22 February 2011 | therefdotcom
career coma - part 01
let me start by saying that it is hard to not be biased when watching this for the first time. all 4 protagonists actors have kind of made a name for themselves, each either as playing one particularly unforgettable character or always the very same kind of character. biggs as the pie guy, chalke as the unforgettable elliot in scrubs, labine as "the annoying friend that is always broke and hits on everything" in reaper and greer as "grumpy friend of protagonist" in like 30 different sitcoms.
well, here lies the main problem. all characters in this sitcom are halfbreeds of characters that the actors have already been known to have played.
biggs plays - the grownup version of his American pie character, just robbed of his soul and identity. i mean seriously, the dude that he plays here is so bland and boring that i would almost call him faceless. as a writer you just don't do that.
chalke plays - elliot from scrubs ... after one or two valium. they toned down the neurosii, but basically it is a carbon copy.
labine plays - you wouldn't guess it ... an annoying, broke protagonist that hits on everything. c'mon people, it is even the same beard and haircut as in reaper. same cheap clothes two, just like 10 years older.
greer plays - a grumpy, bland protagonist. well, look at the upside: at least she is a protagonist this time.
that alone is a catastrophe, but it could have been manageable with a good set, backgroundstory and good punchlines. didn't happen either. the material is overall weak, most of it is even old and weak.
i wish all 4 actors the best of luck in the future, especially chalke and greer as i absolutely adore their beauty and acting abilities, but until this will finally be cancelled, which can't take long, this should be considered as career coma.