Sunday, July 13, 2014





Will Arnett stars in family comedy 'The Millers'


October 01. 2013 10:40AM
Associated Press



Story Tools
PrintPrint | E-MailEMail | SaveSave | Hear Generate QR Code QR
Send to Kindle


(AP) Calling "The Millers" a fully loaded vehicle isn't a stretch.


The CBS sitcom, debuting Thursday (8:30 p.m. EDT), stars Will Arnett, who combines leading-man good looks with comic chops that have buoyed "30 Rock," ''Blades of Glory" and "Arrested Development."


Margo Martindale is on board as well, the "Justified" Emmy Award-winner who has spread her gifts across TV, stage and movies, along with Beau Bridges, another veteran champ of big- and small-screen dramas and comedies.


The creator and executive producer is Greg Garcia, with a resume including "Family Guy" and "My Name Is Earl." Jim Burrows, the patron saint of sitcom direction, is at the wheel.


So why, oh why, does the first episode seem so mechanical and its humor so stale?


There's much to work with in the premise. Arnett plays Nathan Miller, a local TV reporter of fluff stories who breaks the hard news to his parents that he's gotten a divorce. That inspires his dad Tom (Bridges), who promptly walks out on his wife of 43 years, Martindale's Carol.


Meddlesome, pushy Mom ends up moving in with Nathan, while inept, cranky Dad is bunking with their daughter (Jayma Mays), her unemployed nice-guy husband (Nelson Franklin) and their daughter (Eve Moon).


Jokes abound about aging parents who mistake the garage door opener for a TV remote control, make their grown children uncomfortable talking about their sex life, or lack thereof, and blithely pass gas because it's what old people do.


All the actors try their talented darndest, with Martindale, Bridges and J.B. Smoove ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), who plays Nathan's buddy and co-worker, in particular ramping up the energy level.


Arnett, who plays smarmy and scheming so wonderfully, here is presented as the nice guy at the center of the storm. Let's hope at least mild neuroses lay ahead for him to exploit.


Which points to the central disappointment of "The Millers": How can such combined talents with track records that shout offbeat and original, including creator Garcia's "My Name Is Earl" and the glory of Arnett in "Arrested Development," yield such pedestrian results?


Maybe this model will manage to shift into gear.


___


Online:


http://www.cbs.com


___


Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter@lynnelber.


Associated Press


Comments
comments powered by Disqus Commenting Guidelines
Poll
Mortgage Minute


Search for New & Used Cars

Make 
Model
 
Used New All
 

Search Times Leader Classifieds to find just the home you want!

Search Times Leader Classifieds to find just what you need!

Search Pet Classifieds
Dogs Cats Other Animals



Social Media/RSS
Times Leader on Twitter
Times Leader on Youtube
Times Leader on Google+
The Times Leader on Tumblr
The Times Leader on Pinterest
Times Leader RSS Feeds