September 30th, 2011
11:10 AM ET
With CBS' new comedy, "How to Be a Gentleman," you have a cast best known for appearing in series like "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Entourage," "24," "Flight of the Conchords," "NewsRadio" and "Kids in the Hall."
So it can't miss right?
Sadly, Thursday night's series premiere was the biggest letdown of the fall season so far, and a waste of what on the surface appeared to be the perfect companion to "The Big Bang Theory."
David Hornsby ("Sunny") created the series and stars as the aforementioned gentleman, Andrew, who meets up with personal trainer Bert ("Entourage's" Kevin Dillon), in an update on "The Odd Couple" (which "2 Broke Girls" has already done with more success this season).
I don't think I laughed once as Bert taught David how to go from being a gentleman to being a man.
The most laughs here actually come from Dave Foley as Andrew's boss, especially when he's talking about the horrible circumstances their magazine is facing with a grin on his face (and then there's that dyed hair scene).
Mary Lynn Rajskub and Rhys Darby, two of my favorite actors ever, ought to be hysterical as Andrew's sister (similar to her role in "Punch Drunk Love") and brother-in-law, but they only elicited a few laughs.
The culprit here is the writing - it's just not up to snuff. When Bert punches Andrew in the arm because, "You were being you," we know it's supposed to be hilarious because the audience laughter tells us so, but it's just not.
Sadly, this looks to be this year's "Running Wilde." Even so, with that timeslot, it could hang on for a while.
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