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09/30/02

Synopsis : Yet another sitcom but this one features the return of John Ritter to TV. Formula, but the cast may make it work!

Cast : John Ritter, Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson, Martin Spanjers

 It's so great to see John Ritter back on TV. He's great as Paul Hennessey the father of three kids. One daughter is the materialistic, shallow beauty, the other is the sensitive braniac and the son is a good kid who enjoys video games and torturing his sisters. I'm having a little trouble getting used to seeing Katey Sagal in another role other than Peg Bundy from Married with Children.
 Y'know, their jobs really don't matter. It's the chemistry between everyone. Ritter so far is great but Sagal hasn't been featured prominently yet. One thing that bothers me is the laugh track. If they're taping in front of a live studio audience, I can't tell. Some of the joke timing feels a little awkward but that should improve as the actors get used to each other.
 In the show's first week it ranked number 4 getting an 18.0 share and being viewed in over 11,703,000 households. Not bad. We'll see if they can keep these kind of ratings.

Pros : Great casting. John Ritter!
Cons : Laugh track, it's nothing we haven't seen before. They need to be edgier to survive.
Prognosis : I hope it will survive but it may get lost in this year's new shows. ABC needs a hit so they might hold on to it but we'll see...
Prediction : As much as I want this show to survive, its lack of an original premise might tank it as soon as November.

 

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