The Paul Reiser Show

Paul Reiser used to star on the show Mad About You. There you have it, that’s the plot of this show. I don’t know what the deal is with this recent trend where actors play themselves (Episodes has Matt Le Blanc and James Van Der Beek in Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt 23) but so far it has not been the most successful comic device I have seen. Did anyone know this show would be premiering? I didn’t know until I saw it listed online.

In the pilot, Paul considers becoming a game show host so he can list something as his “occupation” for his kids for school. The game show, “Start Thinking” consisted of something like ask people who are really dumb some trivia and see what awful answers they come up with. Mark Burnett (of Survivor, Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader, The Apprentice, etc) does a cameo about how excellently awful Americans are (he’s British?! Who knew!).

Did anyone else think this show made bad comedy Perfect Couples seem decent? It made just about any bad comedy seem better. I don’t think I laughed once. I wouldn’t recommend checking this one out. What did you think?

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