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  • Alijah Purdy
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    This new show starring Will Arnett, Emmy winner Margo Martindale, and Emmy winner Beau Bridges airs tonight after The Big Bang Theory on CBS.

    Discuss the show here!

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I have to admit, I REALLY loved this show. Margo Martindale was hilarious! Is there anything that she is bad in? Drama, Comedy, this woman is great! Rarely do pilot episodes provide someone with an Emmy submission, but this was a great Emmy submission for Martindale if she were to be nominated. I really liked this show a lot more than I thought I would.

    Grade for “Pilot”: A-
    MVP: Margo Martindale

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    Jake C
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    Well this was every bit as awful as I thought it would be. It amazes me that they could put such a talented cast together, yet still create such a terrible show. 

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    Alijah Purdy
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    Really? I didn’t think it was awful at all. I thought Margo Martindale was hilarious, and she carried the show very well? Is it great? No. Is it award-worthy? No (besides Margo Martindale from the Pilot). Is it good enough to stay on television and not get cancelled after 1-3 episodes? yes.

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    kristie kramer
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    I thought Margo was fabulous…If the writing keeps getting better for her, she will get nominated next year.

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    vinny
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    A very pleasant surprise from Margo Martindale. Arnett is always dependable. Solid show. B

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    Morgan Henard
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    If the show takes off, this will be an obvious submission for Margo Martindale. I assume she’ll go Lead, crowded as it may be. Was it just me or did Will Arnett seem to be sleepwalking through this pilot? It felt like he had less screentime and dialogue than Martindale, Bridges, and Mays. I understand he’s the “straight man” to all of the quirky characters but in the pilot he felt nonexistent. I’ll continue tuning in. 

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    EmmyLoser
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    I liked this so much more than all the stuff I’ve read online led me to think I would.  Yes, Martindale and Bridges’ characters were unnecessarily shouty, but otherwise I had no problem with it.  Martindale was indeed great, and I think the potential for Arnett and Mays to be great is high.  What stood out to me most is that this seems like the only one of the multi-cam shows is well put together in terms of scene editing and timing.  I get so annoyed when on, say, 2 Broke Girls or Mom someone will tell a lame joke or give a lame punchline and then cut to something else without even giving the joke a moment to settle.  By contrast, this just seemed really well put together.  The timing of jokes and scene changes and scene intros just felt much better.  Maybe that’s just me being old school, but I liked it a lot.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I completely get what you’re saying EmmyLoser, and I agree. That is part of the reason I stopped watching 2 Broke Girls. Everything just felt so rushed. But I am very happy with this show. It premiered to over 13 million viewers last night, and received a 3.30 18-49 rating share. I’m sure those numbers will drop next week, but being in between the two highest rated on shows on CBS doesn’t hurt it, and unless the show drops to 1.5 or less next week, I think it should be able to stay on for at least one season, if not two.

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    Riley
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    Greg Garcia won the comedy writing Emmy in 2006, so how did he write this?

    This show probably deserves a nomination for casting, but a slap on the wrist for how it wastes the cast.  Why is Will Arnett playing the sad straight man?

    Interesting how Margo Martindale opted for second billing instead of the “with” credit.  This pilot is a great tape for her, by the way.

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    24Emmy
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    Interesting how Margo Martindale opted for second billing instead of the “with” credit.  This pilot is a great tape for her, by the way.

    Think she’ll submit in lead?  I could’ve done without the fart jokes. I’ll keep watching for Beau Bridges and Margo Martindale.

    We can’t forget that Beau Bridges is another Emmy magnet. He has 2 Emmys and 13 nominations overall.

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    EmmyLoser
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    It almost felt to me like the fart jokes were written in to make the CBS execs feel the show was more on brand.

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    arial131
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    I´ve just watched this and the only thing I have liked about it, is Margo Martindale. The writing has not impressed me at all and the fart jokes weren´t funny but gross.

    I usually love Will Arnett  but he seemed off during the pilot.

    I will continue watching because of the cast but if the writing doesn´t improve I don´t know how many episodes will be able to watch.

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    BTN
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    I thought the previous episode with the phone/Siri was pretty good.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    After watching this episode, I feel my opinion on it from the first episode has changed. I felt the first episode of this show was fantastic, and was really excited to see where it would go. Then it began to air more episodes, and, unlike when I’m watching The Big Bang Theory or Modern Family or American Horror Story, I find myself surfing the web, checking my phone, texting people, tweeting, etc. This show just doesn’t seem to keep my attention, because it has never lived up to the pilot episode. However, the thing that I do like about it is how deep they go into the issues. This recent episode made me realize that. In the therapists office, when Margo and Will were going back and forth, I realized why I continue to watch: they go deep into the issues and I feel like alot of people can relate.

    Grade for “The Mother is In”: B-
    MVP: Margo Martindale

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