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  • forwardswill
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    I thought this was really quite hilarious, in spite of its excessive goofiness. The whole cast is excellent and their commitment turned even the weakest of jokes amusing. Particular standouts for me were John Lithgow (can he be double nominated this year?) and Sherri Shepherd (who I am fairly sure produced a laugh from me after almost all of her lines).

    Did anyone else watch?

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    moviefan61794
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    I watched it and enjoyed it. It’s totally silly and occasionally stupid, but it could possibly fill that “Office”/”Parks and Rec” shaped hole in my heart. There were a number of good laughs here. Sherri Shepherd was a riot (God, those “Queen of Jordan” episodes of “30 Rock” are underestimated). John Lithgow was quite good too. I’ll be watching and I’m okay with giving it time (neither of those aforementioned comedies have great first seasons).

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    sofan
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    John Lithgow will win two Emmy’s this year. I wonder if Sherri Shepherd can get nominated, she was really funny and great.

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    pulp50
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    I didn’t watch but just based on the reviews and limited buzz it seems to be generating I don’t think anything about the show but Lithgow will catch the emmys attention, and even he seems like a long shot to be nominated.

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    David Buchanan
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    I thought the first two episodes were OK.  It had some solid laughs, very good performances, and it comes across as fairly well-plotted, but it too often veered too broadly for me.  I agree John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd were the standouts. I’m disappointed that (thus far) Steven Boyer hasn’t been given a very multi-dimensional character given his incredible talent.

    And correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this is an anthology series, so next season (assuming it comes back…) will feature an entirely new cast. If so, it doesn’t give these actors much time to settle into their performances or for the writers to fine-tune the tone of the show.

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    John Lithgow will win two Emmys this year. I wonder if Sherri Shepherd can get nominated, she was really funny and great.

    That’s what I thought. If he somehow gets nominated for it, he’s so pulling Stockard Channing this year. This role is basically Emmy bait.

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    I thought the first two episodes were OK. It had some solid laughs, very good performances, and it comes across as fairly well-plotted, but it too often veered too broadly for me. I agree John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd were the standouts. I’m disappointed that (thus far) Steven Boyer hasn’t been given a very multi-dimensional character given his incredible talent. And correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this is an anthology series, so next season (assuming it comes back…) will feature an entirely new cast. If so, it doesn’t give these actors much time to settle into their performances or for the writers to fine-tune the tone of the show.

    I could be wrong but I believe the lawyer character will say the same so it’s not totally anthology.

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    I’ve only seen the promos for this, but John Lithgow looks incredibly Emmy-ready here. Double nods/wins?!?! If this is a true anthology series where everything is revamped next season though, should it even compete in Comedy? A comedy anthology series is pretty unprecedented, and it’s hard enough for any comedic work to make the telefilm fields in general. I guess all of this hinges on the show’s ratings and returning for a second season. No one will balk at Comedy placement if this is a one-and-done or want to be submitted anywhere else.

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    I thought the first two episodes were OK. It had some solid laughs, very good performances, and it comes across as fairly well-plotted, but it too often veered too broadly for me. I agree John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd were the standouts. I’m disappointed that (thus far) Steven Boyer hasn’t been given a very multi-dimensional character given his incredible talent. And correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this is an anthology series, so next season (assuming it comes back…) will feature an entirely new cast. If so, it doesn’t give these actors much time to settle into their performances or for the writers to fine-tune the tone of the show.

    I could be wrong but I believe the lawyer character will say the same so it’s not totally anthology.

    It looks like you’re right! According to Deadline:

    “This season wraps with the verdict and a where-are-they-now finish. Future seasons would tackle different crimes, but the main characters and the town will be back.”

    It sounds like the legal team would remain the same and maybe Lithgow, if his character gets acquitted, hangs around as a recurring character?

    http://deadline.com/2017/01/john-lithgow-nick-dagosto-trial-error-mockumentary-series-new-case-each-season-tca-1201888960/

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    Atypical
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    Oh good then. Crisis averted.

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    So basically the format is the same as Damages but a comedy, and Lithgow is like the Ted Danson character

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    vinny
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    I liked the first episode was ok (my grade: B) but the second was hysterical (my grade: A)

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    I wonder if they add a subtitle to the second season if they a la Gilmore Girls and Top of the Lake (we don’t yet know if they will remain limited) if they can fraud there way into limited.

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    I don’t think going Limited will do much good for them. The show feels far too “slight” to compete with the high-profile, snobbish fare we see in those categories, which promise to become more and more crowded and cut-throat competitive year after year. In Comedy, at least they have a fighting chance of getting into Lead Actor, potentially (and that’s a big if) Supporting Actress for Shepherd. I wonder if they have any big guest stars lined up?

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    I was really looking forward to this show, and generally speaking I liked it; and was genuinely surprised at the strong performances from Sherri Shepherd, who I’ve never found to be a skilled actress; and from Jayma Mays who never really got a chance to shine on “Glee” or “The Millers” (I presume, as I’ve never watched that show).

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