I figured we might as well give ABC's new Courtney Cox vehicle, "Cougar Town", a shot. Lisa said she read bad review of it and was apprehensive. She should have looked at the review again, because the reviewer started it by lavishing praise on "Community", which we also gave a chance and turned off after 10 minutes.
Usually we'll give a show one or two whole episodes before we give it a thumbs up or thumbs down, but "Community" sucked so bad, we had to turn it off after 10 minutes. So if she'd remembered that the reviewer, Troy Patterson, started his review by demonstrating his taste circles somewhere southeast of his tain't, we might have sat down to "Cougar Town" with high expectations.
Luckily I was able to convince my wife to give it a try, and we followed up "Glee" with another half hour of gasps and laughs. It's going on our series list on the DVR, and we now have an embarrassment of Wednesday night riches... Top chefs, gleeful teens, and mortified teenage sons with single mothers (I was 16 when my mom was 40 and single too).
On a final note, is Brian Van Holt the new go-to for the loser dad? First his role on "John From Cincinnatti" as Butchie, the burned-out smack addict with the miracle son, and now as Bobby on "Cougar Town". Is this going to be Van Holt's pigeonhole?
UPDATE: Slate reviewer Troy Patterson got wind of my review of his review and decided to drop me a line. Since he did not request confidentiality nor claim his e-mail was protected by copyright, I'm reprinting it in whole (to ensure nothing is taken out of context or presented in an unflattering light... I'm not Fox News):
Hi. Thanks very much for reading my review of this show. I'm sorry that you didn't find it more persuasive.
It would silly of me to try to defend my point of view, but I do want to point out that my relative opinion of Cougar Town and Community is not out of the ordinary: On Metacritic, Cougar Town averages 50 out of 100 while Community gets a 69 out of 100.
I don't at all mean to suggest that I'm "right" because I'm in sync with a pseudo-scientific survey of mainstream critics. I am totally willing to concede that your judgment might be better than mine, and I'm glad that somebody took some pleasure from Cougar Town. But for some reaso--I almost never write to people who blog about me--I feel moved to say that I'm not the only guy whose taste might circle southeast of his tain't.
Keep up the good work with your blog,
Guess I got under his skin.