At least ABC passed on Westside, Romeo and, like, Juliet set in Venice, Calif., and Middle Age Rage, which the network describes as “a middle-aged mother who is fed up with feeling invisible and begins to speak and demand the respect she feels she’s earned.”
CBS proffers Reckless, described as a sultry legal show set in Charleston, S.C., with a comely Yankee litigator clashing over a police scandal with a Southern city attorney “as they struggle to hide their intense attraction.” I saw this when the city attorney was a New Orleans cop and it was called The Big Easy, starring Ellen Barkin and Dennis Quaid.
CBS has Bad Teacher, based on the 2011 Cameron Diaz movie, and Friends With Better Lives, the plot of which sounds just like the 2006 Nicole Holofcener movie, Friends With Money. (CBS probably felt brave passing on a third NCIS.) The one retread that might have been fun, Beve rly Hills Cop” with Eddie Murphy himself dropping by in guest spots, CBS passed on.
Fox has Enlisted, a wacky comedy about three brothers in the Army in Florida, which smacks of Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and John Candy in Stripes, even down to what sounds like the same music. J.J. Abrams’ Almost Human looks like a hand-me-down blend of RoboCop and Blade Runner.
Even Fox’s freshest ideas are antique: a show about a hunky Ichabod Crane called Sleepy Hollow and 24 with Kiefer Sutherland, but this time squeezed into 12 episodes.
Doing a comedy turn at the ABC upfronts at Lincoln Center, Jimmy Kimmel mocked the advertisers for spending billions on dated dreckitude, noting that he also had a few things for sale: “This is an H.P. printer, inkjet color copier — $20, no power cord,” and “I’ve got three parrot cages available — make me an offer.”
He had the most trenchant comment about the quality of the new season’s pilots, slyly observing: “One of the shows previewed today was written by a third-grade class. Your challenge tonight is to figure out which one it was.”