September 24, 2013 at 7:59 am #301880
This one stars a good amount of actors I like all in one place, so I’m giving it a go tonight (or at some point soon).
The series premiere of “Trophy Wife” airs on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 @ 9:30 PM ET on ABC.
Stars Bradley Whitford, Malin Åkerman, Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins, Natalie MoralesSeptember 24, 2013 at 9:35 am #301882
I watched this on hulu a couple weeks ago. I have to say I enjoyed this pilot much more than I thought and found it very funny in places. Akerman was pretty great especially in the scenes where she is drunk. I also liked Harden here. The scene with Harden, Akerman & Phulis Smith (from The Office) was pretty great. I will say it would have been nice to have seen Whitford with more to do, and I’m not fully sold on Watkins here. Her character is too spacey & “hippy” to the point that I questioned why her and Whitford’s character would have ever been married. The kid who plays Bert is a scene stealer (loved it towards the end when he keeps referring to the dog as a “horn dog”). Definitely one of the (if not the best) comedy pilot I’ve seen so far this season (although there are still a lot I haven’t seen)
Interesting to note that I read the teenage daughter in the premier has actually been replaced by the girl that played/plays young snow white on Once Upon A Time.September 24, 2013 at 9:39 am #301883
I liked the pilot a lot, too. Agreed about Watkins (her and Whitford’s subplot was probably the episode’s weakest part, for me), but the rest came together quite well. Akerman and Whitford actually shared some pretty nice chemistry together, and the dynamics between most of the cast members felt really solid.September 24, 2013 at 9:58 am #301884
I also surprisingly really liked this one, and I didn’t think I would after watching the preview. The whole cast is pretty good here. MGH plays the cold bitch like no other. I’ve been waiting for Michaela Watkins to find something good, so hopefully this works out for her. And Malin Akerman was surprisingly strong. I just wish ABC had put THIS behind Modern Family instead of that ultra-stupid Super Fun Night. There are at least similarities between this show and Modern Family, and if ABC is looking to make a hit somewhere, it should be with this show.September 24, 2013 at 9:59 am #301885
Didn’t get the chance to watch this one when ABC had it up on their site so I’ll watch it tonight.September 24, 2013 at 10:06 am #301886
I also surprisingly really liked this one, and I didn’t think I would after watching the preview. The whole cast is pretty good here. MGH plays the cold bitch like no other. I’ve been waiting for Michaela Watkins to find something good, so hopefully this works out for her. And Malin Akerman was surprisingly strong. I just wish ABC had put THIS behind Modern Family instead of that ultra-stupid Super Fun Night. There are at least similarities between this show and Modern Family, and if ABC is looking to make a hit somewhere, it should be with this show.
Yeah that was the thought I had about pairing it with Modern Family. ABC keeps putting shows after Modern that really aren’t good matches at all. This is easily the closest they have come to finding a perfect pair and they stick it by itself on Tuesday night (where I have no doubt it will struggle to find an audience)September 24, 2013 at 10:11 am #301887
I hate the fact that they’ve replaced the daughter with that annoying young snow white from Once Upon a Time. She’s awful and overacts like crazy.September 24, 2013 at 10:22 am #301888
So far, this and “Brooklyn 9-9” are my favorite new comedies of the season. Watching “Mom” tonight, but I was surprised about how much I enjoyed “TW.” Would love to see Ackerman on the Emmy shortlist next year- she really sells the premise which would fall apart if you didn’t believe her character.September 24, 2013 at 10:27 am #301889
Hmmmm. I didn’t think this was going to be that good. I’ll have to record it, because it’s on the same time as NCIS: Los Angeles.September 25, 2013 at 3:36 am #301890
Very strong and assured pilot. It was a tad busy at times, and I’m also wondering what in the world the appeal was that Bradley Whitford’s husband character had to his second wife. I can get why he was drawn to the intellect of the first wife, and of course the hot trophy wifeness of the third, but the second? Nothing against Michaela Watkins, who can be so funny with the right material, but I’m curious how they’ll flesh out that dynamic between his lawyer and her dippy New Age-y character in the coming episodes. Marcia Gay Harden was great as expected (she’s on quite the hot streak with this and her recent guest arc on “The Newsroom”), but the real surprise was Malin Åkerman. She was sensational here as the trophy wife, and I’m in for future episodes mainly for her continued antics. This should be the natural follow-up series to “Modern Family” on Wednesday nights for numerous reasons.
Grade for “Pilot”: B+September 25, 2013 at 5:01 am #301891
I didn’t care for it, it couldn’t decide what it wanted to beSeptember 25, 2013 at 5:45 am #301892
This was a good pilot. It definitely showed a lot of potential and set up the show very nicely. I’m happy for Malin Akerman who was very stuck in way too many movies doing absolutely nothing. She was a great find way back during The Comeback and continued to be great, but the girlfriend role and the background roles were getting her nowhere. She was very good here, very funny, very leading lady, she really does have what it takes to have her own sitcom.
It’s also all about Marcia Gay Harden here, she was also bound to join a tv show anyway and she was great on this Pilot and definitely one of the main reasons to watch. I agree with everybody that the Michaella Watkins role is a bit annoying, there were really no signs of why would he would want to marry her, but this girl really is great at what she does and it’s one of those people that should’ve been on a hit show years ago.
I’m ok with Bradley Whitford’s casting, I was a bit disappointed when the show was announced, didn’t think he would be anything special, or his role good enough for him to break out as a comedy actor now, but we’ll see.
The asian adopted kid was also a big part of this pilot’s success for me. Very, very funny in everything he got to do and the show clearly knows it. It’s not every day that you see a show with two teenage characters, and it’s the tiny little kid that gets the most to do.
I’ll keep watching.September 25, 2013 at 7:19 am #301893
Kind of liked this one. This one is a keeper.September 25, 2013 at 9:15 am #301894
I really enjoyed this. It would be a natural pairing with Modern
Family, but actually I think it pairs well with The Goldbergs, and
they’ve kind of got their own thing going on. ABC must have felt more
assured about these two to leave them together versus Back in the Game
and Super Fun Night, one of which they’ll cancel to wedge Suburgatory
back into the fold.
A lot of this pilot was great, though. Malin
Akerman was really fantastic. I was impressed. The scene with her,
MGH and the teacher was so hilarious. “And I’m dismayed! Are you
dismayed, too?” Haha. MGH was pitch perfect, and Bert was also a
standout for sure. I agree with everyone about the Michaela Watkins
character hesitation, but I see potential there. If they tone down the
hippiness and play up more things like having the hide-a-key rock and
trying to replace her house’s dead hampster with the dad’s, it think she
can work well. I like Watkins, and she’s clearly talented, but it
seems like people have had a tough time figuring out how to use her.September 25, 2013 at 10:03 am #301895
This is one of the few times I’ve seen Malin Akerman in something and didn’t say to myself “Why did they cast her” so good for her. Usually, she’s abysmal (to me) in the things I’ve seen her in. I think she could be a really good physical comedic actress. MGH was fine of course. I do worry about making the daughter younger though. I liked where they were taking her in the pilot. I love Michaela Watkins and she was a trippy delight, but right now she doesn’t quite mesh. It’ll be interesting to see where they take the show.