Some might say it’s the end of an era. A few weeks ago, NBC
aired its final premiere episode of longtime television favorite
“Friends.” The popular sitcom is finally ready to say goodbye to
love triangles and goofy storylines. With “Seinfeld” long gone and
“Frasier” growing older, the great sitcoms of “Must See TV” will
soon live on only in cable reruns and DVD sets. What will become of
the once golden network of the peacock as its friends quickly fall
away?

Kate Green
Kate Green
Courtesy of NBC
No longer clueless, but still hot.

The replacements are lining up at the door. “Coupling,” a “new”
comedy about six friends and their intertwined sex lives is a
meager attempt to capitalize off past success. Often funny in its
own bizarre hypersexualized way, the sitcom lacks essential plot
and character development.

The pilot revolves around Steve’s (Jay Harrington) quest to
break up with his girlfriend, Jane (Lindsay Price) after several
unsuccessful attempts. Meanwhile, Susan (Rena Sofer, “Keeping the
Faith”) ends her fling with the conceited Patrick (Colin Ferguson)
then proceeds to date Steve. Patrick takes a chance with Susan’s
best friend, Sally (Sonia Walger) leaving Jane to hook up with
Steve’s friend Jeff (Christopher Moynihan) in subsequent
episodes.

This sextuplet of bed buddies will soon get old if outside
storylines are not introduced. Aside from Susan and Jeff’s
workplace and a short videogame session, the characters seem to do
little more than hang out at a bar that looks uncannily like a
coffee shop.

Next in line to spruce up the network is a new drama.
Overflowing with crime scene sagas and a ninth season of emergency
room distress, NBC looks to lighten things up with the latest “Miss
Match.”

Darren Star (“Sex and the City”) is apparently unashamed to
assign his name to this lame romantic attempt. After successfully
pairing three couples, divorce lawyer Kate Fox (Alicia Silverstone)
becomes a matchmaker for pathetic singles. Kate strives to strike a
“karmic balance” by creating new relationships while legally
helping to end old ones.

The bulk of the plot ends there. At the end of the pilot, Kate
makes a few mediocre matches and predictably breaks up with her
current boyfriend after meeting a handsome stranger.

Silverstone’s character is far too reminiscent of the airhead
Cher that made her famous in 1995. The fresh-faced actress seems
unchanged, while her costars are far worse than the “Clueless”
cast. Most unbearable are her obnoxious womanizing father (Ryan
O’Neal, “Love Story”) who also serves as Kate’s boss, and his
pompous law associate Nick (James Roday).

A Friday night time slot puts the final nail in the coffin for
“Miss Match.” The young demographic it seeks to entertain will be
better off heading out on the town to find their own matches. Maybe
this is the new theme for NBC, stop looking to television for
friends and romance because the real world is far more
entertaining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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