Reviewed! Yahoo’s Fall Comedy Lineup Shines More Than It Stumbles

/ Sep 10, 2013

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‘Losing It with John Stamos’ Makes Me Lose It (in a Good Way!)

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Sometimes the quality of a one-on-one interview series is largely dependent on how good the guests are. In the case of “Losing It with John Stamos,” in which celebrities like Matt Stone (“South Park”), Olivia Munn (“The Newsroom”), Adam Pally (“Happy Endings”), and Bob Saget (“Full House”) talk to John Stamos about sex and related things, the host is uneven but the guests are terrific. That’s not to say Stamos is unnecessary, there are times when he comes up with the perfect question to ask, and he clearly is a very good listener, knowing when to cede the floor (or table, or couch) to his guest. But there are times when you feel like anyone could have played host for a show such as this. Continue reading…

‘Ghost Ghirls’ Is the Fall Comedy We Never Knew We Needed

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There is a very specific, very tired formula in the cop procedural genre. Stumble across a murder, call in the good guys, throw in a red herring — whoops, arrested the wrong guy — and finally, close the case. It doesn’t matter if it’s SVU, CSI or NCIS, the players rotate but the pieces stay the same. We’ve been trained to understand this and are more or less asked to accept it, which, if we’re being honest with ourselves, is slightly insulting. Traditional television in some capacity seems to be under the impression that we don’t want to be challenged as viewers. Thankfully those creating web shows are willing to take a risk and bring us something new and innovative. Thankfully we have shows like “Ghost Ghirls.” Continue reading…

‘The Fuzz’ Lights It Up. Sometimes.

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Out of all the traditional film genres, the buddy-cop comedy is tied with only the heist movie as my favorite to watch at any given time. So when it came time to select which of Yahoo’s new fall comedies I wanted to watch and review, “The Fuzz,” a puppet crime comedy about two cops trying to clean up the drug-and-murder-riddled streets of a neighborhood in New York City, was a no-brainer. Continue reading…

‘We Need Help’ Gives a Fractured Look Inside Hollywood’s Worst Job

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We Need Help” is a show about Max (Max Loeb), a 23-year-old aspiring actor who has somehow landed a gig as the personal assistant to, not one, but two quasi-prima donna actresses. The problem, of course, is that on his way to becoming a comedy megastar, Max is subjected to all types of humiliating trials via his veteran starlett overlords played by Cheryl Hines and Rachel Harris who are playing themselves, but not really “themselves.” Continue reading…

‘Tiny Commando’ Doesn’t Go as Big as It Should

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Tiny Commando,” created by Ed Helms (“The Office,” The Hangover films) and Jacob Fleisher and starring Helms, Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) and Gillian Jacobs (“Community”), follows the procedural-like exploits of a miniature detective as he solves various cases for clients with the help of his sidekick. His continued success increasingly pissess off his arch-nemesis, a fellow 4-inch tall man by the name of Cesar Pequeño, culminating in a showdown between the two diminutive men by season’s end. Continue reading…

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