March 22nd, 2012
03:00 PM ET
There's a lot to like about "Bent," especially on paper.
Amanda Peet has been great in just about everything, David Walton showed promise on the short-lived "Perfect Couples," and you really can't go wrong with Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development") and J.B. Smoove (.Curb Your Enthusiasm").
Wednesday night's two-episode premiere also featured whip-smart dialogue at times, especially between Peet and Walton, as Alex the homeowner and Pete the contractor, respectively.
It's somewhat reminiscent of Murphy Brown and her constant house painter Eldin (though it was pretty clear that relationship would remain platonic). Pete, the very model of a southern California surfer dude, and Alex as the single mom who runs a tight ship (eventually firing him because he slept with her kids' nanny).
The two had great chemistry from the get-go, and she, of course, rehired him when he got his aging actor dad James (Tambor) to help out her daughter.
In the second episode, Pete taunted Alex as she struggled to take it to the next level with her boyfriend, while James ended up being upstaged at an audition by one of Pete's employees.
There were individual scenes I enjoyed, but something about it just didn't flow. I can't say I laughed out loud that often, but you can see that the actors are putting their all into the show.
There are elements of a good show here, but as is the case with many spring mid-season replacements, there is little time for a series to find itself. This won't be enough to compete with "Modern Family" when it returns with new episodes. (Not to mention the fact that NBC appears to be airing two episodes at a time. It doesn't seem like they have much faith in the show.)
I would be pleasantly surprised to see "Bent" return next season, but if it doesn't succeed, I hope the cast and writers can find a better show next go-round.
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