Tuesday, May 22, 2007
photo by Gale Adler/ABC
Alternative title: I've got good news! ABC just saved a lot of money by switching to Geico!
Ever wish a commercial could last a whole season? Me neither. But this fall, instead of flipping past The George Lopez Show, you'll flip past the cavemen made famous for their anachronous scenarios and continual sarcasm. Fortunately, I had a lobotomy and like to be spoon-fed my comedy. Not only does this seem like an overly simple premise, I'm half-expecting one of the characters to knock over a lamp and say, "Did I do that?"
Lopez laments, "T.V. just became really, really white again." I don't know when it ever stopped. Between Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters, ABC explores the crap out of what it means to be white, rich and troubled. There is no stone unturned. But wait! How about adding the anomaly of time travel? Enter The Cavemen.
I don't know what kind of theme song it will have, but if it's not the sound of makeup artists rejoicing, I don't want it. As some feather-haired guy so wistfully put it, "It's a rare condition in this day and age to read any good news on the newspaper page." The only saving grace that I can see is the cast. It features both John Heard, the dad from Home Alone, and UCB Theater NY favorite Nick Kroll, a comedian I have featured in a past post. At least some struggling artist gets to eat this month.
Can writers put a fresh spin on an exhausted concept? Can good acting save a tired script? Can sarcastic cavemen be funny? Let's not give up hope...
Written by Abbi Crutchfield
Labels: My Beef