September 22nd, 2010
10:16 AM ET
Expectations were high for Tuesday night's premiere of Fox's "Running Wilde," a new show from the "Arrested Development" team of co-creator Mitch Hurwitz and star Will Arnett.
Arnett's Steve Wilde is the spoiled, sheltered filthy rich owner of Wilde Oil, just a shade different from his "Arrested" character Gob. Keri Russell plays Emmy, the environmental activist he grew up with and fell for.
When Arnett is let loose, it's always entertaining, and Russell is good in pretty much everything. Unfortunately, it's a little troubling that their scenes apart seem to work better than when they're together.
The show definitely has its moments, like when Emmy's silent daughter finally speaks for the first time, and Arnett thinks he's learned how to read minds. Also, David Cross is perfect as self-described "ecoterrorist" Andy, Emmy's boyfriend (we'll see more of him later). I also loved Peter Serafinowicz as Steve's rival Fa'ad.
But at the end of the day, this show is about the relationship between Steve and Emmy, and so far, they're not really clicking the way they should be. Maybe it's that we've seen this sort of thing before with the straight woman reacting to the crazy guy's antics, or maybe Russell is almost too normal in Arnett's world of absurdity. Whatever it is, we'll need to believe in this relationship more for the show to be successful.
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