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  • CanadianFan
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    Fox released the pilot for the show yesterday, and I strongly recommend you guys give it a shot.

    I thought it was excellent (relative to other pilots), even though it was a little cliche and overly sentimental in parts. It is tremendously acted, and Octavia Spencer seems like a lock for a supporting actress nom given the type of role she has. It’s refreshing to be excited about a network show… 

    There will be a big fight this year about whether the show should go comedy or drama. Most of the press releases refer to it as a dramedy, but I’d say it falls between Glee and Orange Is The New Black in terms of humor (with the latter being more serious). Obviously, with Netflix opening the floodgates for category fraud, I think the show will probably take the easier route. It has all the makings of a show the Golden Globe voters will eat up.

    The program airs Wednesdays at 9pm on Fox, starting on September 17th. 
    Let me know what you think!
     

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    KyleBailey
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    I think Spencer would go lead. I mean she could go both ways it depends how big her character is throughout the season. I really loved this pilot and hope Spencer does get nominated some how. The kids are great and the final scene was really heartwarming. I really excitied for new episodes 

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    nkb325
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    its a little overly sentimental and cheesy and i feel like sometimes it was trying a little to hard to be witty or clever or whatever but overall it was a strong pilot that i enjoyed more the more i thought about it. Spencer is great as usual, although she didn’t get much to do. If she stays with this amount of screentime, she’d probably be supporting, but its possible they just needed all that time to introduce the kids and she’ll get more to do in later episodes. None of the child actors stood out so much that id expect a possible nom, but Leo, the kid with the amputated leg and bald head probably came the closest. I also agree based on the pilot it could go comedy or drama, but itll probably go comedy as that’s just the easier route for network shows. The pilot wasn’t perfect but it had a lot of potential and i’ll be keeping up with it.

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    moviefan61794
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    I thought this was excellent. I’m definitely a sucker for these kinds of shows, and I ate it right up, so it did it’s job. I hope Fox promotes the hell out of it, because this could really be a huge hit if they do it right. I think many people will call this “Glee” + “Grey’s Anatomy,” and that’s fair on some levels. It’s got the dry humor, wit, and smarts of “Glee,” and I guess the only thing similar with “Grey’s” is a large ensemble and hospital setting.

    Spencer is billed as the lead, with the rest of the cast going alphabetical underneath her (although Dave Annable might also have top billing, but his last name starts with A, so it’s hard to say). That said, there’s a possibility she could go supporting, because the pilot puts her in that position. If any character seemed lead in the pilot, it was Leo.

    Spencer was funny and charming, so I’m excited to see what they have in store for her character. Granted the show keeps up the quality and the buzz, a big name like Spencer could certainly see some awards show loving. She’d have an easier job in the comedy categories, I think, and if this show went comedy, that wouldn’t be major category fraud. Let’s face it — a lot of modern comedies have some dramatic elements, and the definition of comedy is expanding. Ultimately, I think the show is funny with serious moments and heartwarming moments. I didn’t find it particularly dramatic or dark (despite the fact that it is a show about sick kids).

    Of the kids, Leo and Jordi stuck out as the best right away. I think Charlie Rowe, who plays Leo, has some real talent and I’m really rooting for his character after one episode. Kara was pretty annoying right away, but as her issues came to light, she laid off, and yes, it’s cliche, but I’m looking forward to seeing her character progress. The only one I didn’t like was Dash. He didn’t seem authentic enough and I didn’t care for his attempts to hit on the nurse. I think the show will really work if they strike a delicate balance between teenagers just being teenagers, but also dealing with their individual illnesses. For example, I’m invested in Emma’s eating disorder and seeing what drives her, why she does it, etc. But they’re going to need to differentiate Jordi and Leo because right now they’re in the same boat.

    I wonder how they plan on incorporating Griffin Gluck who plays Charlie. My guess is that he’ll eventually get out of the coma and join the kids in the “real world,” but I thought he was a pretty charming narrator. Overall, I really enjoyed this first episode and I’m looking forward to the season, especially if it can stand out in a big way and make a splash.  

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    I thought this was excellent. I’m definitely a sucker for these kinds of shows, and I ate it right up, so it did it’s job. I hope Fox promotes the hell out of it, because this could really be a huge hit if they do it right. I think many people will call this “Glee” + “Grey’s Anatomy,” and that’s fair on some levels. It’s got the dry humor, wit, and smarts of “Glee,” and I guess the only thing similar with “Grey’s” is a large ensemble and hospital setting.

    Spencer is billed as the lead, with the rest of the cast going alphabetical underneath her (although Dave Annable might also have top billing, but his last name starts with A, so it’s hard to say). That said, there’s a possibility she could go supporting, because the pilot puts her in that position. If any character seemed lead in the pilot, it was Leo.

    Spencer was funny and charming, so I’m excited to see what they have in store for her character. Granted the show keeps up the quality and the buzz, a big name like Spencer could certainly see some awards show loving. She’d have an easier job in the comedy categories, I think, and if this show went comedy, that wouldn’t be major category fraud. Let’s face it — a lot of modern comedies have some dramatic elements, and the definition of comedy is expanding. Ultimately, I think the show is funny with serious moments and heartwarming moments. I didn’t find it particularly dramatic or dark (despite the fact that it is a show about sick kids).

    Of the kids, Leo and Jordi stuck out as the best right away. I think Charlie Rowe, who plays Leo, has some real talent and I’m really rooting for his character after one episode. Kara was pretty annoying right away, but as her issues came to light, she laid off, and yes, it’s cliche, but I’m looking forward to seeing her character progress. The only one I didn’t like was Dash. He didn’t seem authentic enough and I didn’t care for his attempts to hit on the nurse. I think the show will really work if they strike a delicate balance between teenagers just being teenagers, but also dealing with their individual illnesses. For example, I’m invested in Emma’s eating disorder and seeing what drives her, why she does it, etc. But they’re going to need to differentiate Jordi and Leo because right now they’re in the same boat.

    I wonder how they plan on incorporating Griffin Gluck who plays Charlie. My guess is that he’ll eventually get out of the coma and join the kids in the “real world,” but I thought he was a pretty charming narrator. Overall, I really enjoyed this first episode and I’m looking forward to the season, especially if it can stand out in a big way and make a splash.  

    Don’t forget the songs to hammer home a theme or emotional moment. Red Band Society actually used one of the most important songs in early GA in its pilot — “How To Save a Life” by The Fray. The tone is a bit lighter than Grey’s at the moment, but I could see it becoming more dramatic as the season goes on. Leo and Jordi are the standouts for me.

    Also, Dr. McAndrew? We had McDreamy and McSteamy, and now we have this guy. Finally, in the pilot of GA, there is a female character who has a similar personality to Kara, and she passed out during gymnastics (or cheerleading, I forget). I believe she even falsely rings the bell to alert the nurses just like Kara does in Red Band SocietyGlee + Grey’s Anatomy is rather apt at this point.

    Not to mention Octavia Spencer’s character seems like a softer Miranda Bailey. Nice write-up!

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    #328484

    I just remember really hating Astro when he was on The X Factor. How is he here?

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    CanadianFan
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    Too underdeveloped to form an opinion.

     

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    I didn’t like the pilot much at all. I was expecting a more hard-edged look at the day-to-day lives of teenaged cancer patients, but this was more in line with what I might have found on ABC Family mixed in with “Glee” (minus the “kids”). Nothing about this screamed Emmy-worthy to me, even Octavia Spencer, who is the only reason to see this show. I think it’s possible that she can get some notices down the line, but it’s a supporting performance at work here in this episode. Not like her own “Nurse Jackie” or anything. Let’s hope she takes center stage as this progresses and gets a tape worthy of her talents. The kids ate up a lot of screentime, and they weren’t all that compelling. Lots of high school cliches going on throughout, with the icy-bitch cheerleader being the worst of all. Not sure if or how much of this I’ll try out in the future.

    Grade for “Pilot”: C-

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    This is another one I am looking forward too. I liked the conciet since I thought it was original with teen shows elements here and there, but I was surprise to learn that this is an overseas import.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Somebody got Remake the Grey’s Anatomy Pilot as homework.

    This is such a ripoff of that Pilot and the earlier episodes of Grey’s when it was lighter and funnier. So many cliches with the kids and their introductions and Octavia Spencer was soooo Octavia Spencer that she seems both typecast and misscast at the same time.

    And how awful was it to have How To Save a Life in this Pilot? The most recognizable “Grey’s Anatomy token indie song”?

    And who told Astro that he needed to be credited as just “Astro”? Did Rhetta put him up to this? Somebody already asked, “why is he here”?, he wasn’t even good. 

    Having said this, and seeing it as a very lame Pilot, Dave Annable is here, one of those “please have a hit” actors of mine. And I do like Octavia Spencer a lot so…I like these type of shows so I will be sticking around.

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    vinny
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    I kinda am simultaneously excited and worried about this show. It looks good but maybe just a bit too depressing for me at the same time.

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    KyleBailey
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    I think it has a Scrubs feeling where it will be goofy some times but serious as well 

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    Saw the pilot. High hopes for this show! It definitely seemed more on the ‘comedic’ side than ‘drama’ but I think it’s too early to tell which way it will lean. We need more episodes to assess the tone of the writing. I love Octavia Spencer’s character and if she continues to shine I’d love to see her get a Supporting Actress, Comedy nod next summer. Leo is also fantastic! And love the narration by the kid in the coma. Seems promising, I hope it delivers!

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    Just finished watching it, not too bad for a pilot but it has serious tone issues. At times it felt like I was watching a comedy on Nickelodeon, then suddenly it goes to a dramatic show. I’ll probably give it 2 or 3 more episodes.

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    At times it felt like I was watching a comedy on Nickelodeon, then suddenly it goes to a dramatic show.

    That’s a great way of describing what I was watching (even though I’ve enjoyed some Nickelodeon comedies much more than this). Spencer is fine but she’s better in “Mom” than she was here. The young cast was pretty weak with maybe the coma kids voice-over work being the strongest acting of the bunch. One episode of this show was enough for me.

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