Browsers Has Cult Following Potential, Doesn’t Immediately Deliver

/ Apr 23, 2013

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In the glory days of Old Hollywood, there was the Mailroom. In the glory days of online media, there’s Arianna Huffington Julianna (played by Bebe Neuwirth) and the interns who live (and cry) in her wake in Amazon Original’s mockumentary-style musical comedy, Browsers. Los Angeles can have the agent’s assistants and death-star wannabe’s but New York has news site Huffington Post The Gush and four very unsure-of-themselves post-undergrads setting out into the real job world with a coveted intern position. This show certainly has promise and while the musical elements felt awkward because of weak lyrical legs, it also boasts a few hearty laughs as the dialogue is relatable and hilarious.

It’s no wonder though — Browsers is written by 12-time Emmy-winning comedy writer David Javerbaum (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and directed by Don Scardino (30 Rock). Despite rockstar writing, Bebe Neuwirth misses the mark in her attempts to portray Arianna, and the pseudo-Russian-English accent she employs feels a little off. Of the 14 pilots, Browsers has quite mixed reviews. Though this pilot as a standalone may not merit a full order, Browsers is the type of show that could certainly develop a cult following in the long run.

 

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