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Old October 17 2013, 02:31 PM   #16
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Re: The MIchael J. Fox Show

I find it too safe. Robin Williams show is much funnier.
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Old October 17 2013, 07:18 PM   #17
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Yeah, safe is a good way to describe it. It doesn't really bring anything new to the already crowded sitcom table. And thinking on it some more, I think it would work better if they'd focus more on his job rather than his bland family. The whole concept of the show is him getting back to work, and the first episode showed promise, but 3 episodes in, it's hardly had any scenes at work, instead choosing to focus on his family and bringing up awkward situations such as the teenage girl painting her Mom. It really needs to find a way to balance things better. I know it's not Frasier, but I think it needs to learn a few things from it as that show had great balance to it.

Another thing is that Robin William's show has energy, something that this show lacks. Everyone sounds bored, and the confessionals aren't helping.

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Old October 17 2013, 07:24 PM   #18
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Funnier than not funny?
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Old October 17 2013, 08:28 PM   #19
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MJF is, as others have said, awesome.

But for some reason networks think there's no correlation between a show's success and writing. They think they can just roll out likable actors, assign any old writers to the show, and the show will be successful. Just rolling out likable actors gets you short term ratings, but long term the ratings will fall into a black hole.
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Old October 17 2013, 09:05 PM   #20
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Have they explained the interview bits?

I don't think they have on modern family, but they did on the Office and it didn't matter on The Monkees.
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Old October 17 2013, 10:12 PM   #21
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Have the explained the interview bits?
Not beyond the first episode, I don't think. The daughter was doing a project on her family, and that's how they explained it, but hard to explain that throughout multiple episodes.
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Old October 18 2013, 02:44 PM   #22
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Re: The MIchael J. Fox Show

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Yeah, the confessionals were part of a school project that the daughter turned in already, but the confessionals keep happenin'.

I've watched the first three episodes, and it is terrible. MJF has a long history as a television actor, and I grew up watchin' Family Ties and loved Spin City, so I tuned in for nostalgia, but this show sucks out loud, and even he can't save it.
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Old October 18 2013, 05:45 PM   #23
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I don't think they have on modern family
It's a foreign exchange student that used to live in their house doing it. I don't remember what episode it's from though.
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Old October 18 2013, 05:59 PM   #24
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Steven Levitan said it was dropped. So who knows what they're talking to now

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/tv/i...tor_steve.html

On whether it's a documentary or not: Levitan said that in the original pitch, it was explicitly a documentary, made by a Dutch filmmaker named Geert Floorjte who had lived with Jay's family as a teenage exchange student and developed a crush on Claire (while Mitchell had a crush on him). In the end, he and Christopher Lloyd decided it was an unnecessary component of the show - especially since they weren't sure how much they liked the idea of their characters letting themselves be filmed.
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Old October 18 2013, 07:02 PM   #25
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I think part of the problem is too many characters. As someone said his sister adds nothing.
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Old October 18 2013, 07:18 PM   #26
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Samurai8472 wrote: View Post
I find it too safe. Robin Williams show is much funnier.
So I said what I usually say when I'm enjoying a show...

"KISS HER, FUCKING KISS HER! KISS HER YOU FUCKING NONCE! KISSSSSSSSSSSS HER!!!!"

And he did.

Which is when everything exploded.
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Old October 18 2013, 07:47 PM   #27
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Steven Levitan said it was dropped. So who knows what they're talking to now

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/tv/i...tor_steve.html

On whether it's a documentary or not: Levitan said that in the original pitch, it was explicitly a documentary, made by a Dutch filmmaker named Geert Floorjte who had lived with Jay's family as a teenage exchange student and developed a crush on Claire (while Mitchell had a crush on him). In the end, he and Christopher Lloyd decided it was an unnecessary component of the show - especially since they weren't sure how much they liked the idea of their characters letting themselves be filmed.

Interesting. Had no idea they dropped it, but it's good of them to realize it wasn't really working for them. That said, I hope this show does the same. It doesn't need them, and all it does is create kludge.
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Old October 18 2013, 07:54 PM   #28
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I think part of the problem is too many characters. As someone said his sister adds nothing.
She's the cliche kooky family member. It's really nothing new.

The credits make me cringe. Its so goody goody.
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Old October 18 2013, 08:11 PM   #29
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So was Anne Heche brought in to save the show, or was she coming anyway?
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Old October 18 2013, 08:18 PM   #30
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So was Anne Heche brought in to save the show, or was she coming anyway?

She came in during the 3rd episode I believe. Probably already planned.



I have to wonder if this show struggling is making Robin Williams a bit sad.

Robin Williams show is beating a guy fighting parkinson's who hasn't had a full time show in 14 years

I'm sure him and Michael J Fox are good friends.
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