The recent axing of several new TV Shows recently has inspired me to try to make sense of the carnage. clearly many shows are obiviously shelved due to poor time slots, inane premises, or just good old fashioned bad writing. However, more often than not, I feel that bad casting is at the core of viewers deciding to switch channels.
Alex Inc- Braff In Charge????
Ordinarily popular Zach Braff should should never ettempt to play anyone who is in charge of anything. On screen, the last thing the congenial Braff exudes is a sense of decisiveness or authority. In any conceivable workplace, it seems un-imaginable to picture Braff managing anything more nuanced or pliable than a sock display. Furthermore, with his feather-weight, nebbishy personality, it was ridiculous that he would be cast as the boss of noted tough-guy actor, Michael Imperioli, (previously “Nicholas” from the Sopranos) . To most half-awake viewers, Braff and and Imperioli thrown together in an office can only have one conceivable final outcome… after a few tense seconds, Braff finding himself on the receiving-end of a violent pistol whipping.
Just Say “No” To Imaginary Cast Members:
Clearly TV Viewers don’t cotton to invisible characters that only the lead can see. With the cancellation of a whopping four shows with imaginary characters this season: “Kevin probably saves saves the world” ,”Imaginary Mary” with Jenna Elfman, and Jane Lynch’s “Angel From Hell”. These characters often prove obnoxiously devilish, cutesy or overly sanctimonious, in the final analysis, there must be some logical reason nobody else can see them. “too annoying for this world” gets my vote.To me, the appeal of imaginary friends, peaked with “Harvey The Rabbit”
9JKL-I Think I got your Role By Mistake
The casting agent for the show 9JKL should be sued. On its face, the decision to cast Mark Feuerstein and Dave Walton as brothers makes no sense. Carlton is a foot taller than Feuerstein and other than being Caucasian, both men share little of the same physical features .In addition, the decision to cast irresponsible/smarmy looking actor, Dave Walton, as a married doctor and boy-scout appearing, Mark Feuerstein, as divorced actor seems insane. Obviously, the actors two should have swapped roles because they seem ideally suited to each other’s parts. Perhaps the cast list had mixed up their roles or a stage hand hand given them the wrong sides and they just stayed with it. Whatever the reasons, I have not seen such a head-scratching casting decision since Henry Winkler “The Fonz” was hired as the spokesman for “OneReverse” a reverse mortgage company.
“Kevin Can Wait”- Take My Wife…Please.. or “Quietly Kill, Then Replace”
Erinn Hayes, who was cast as the wife on “Kevin Can Wait” didn’t work. She wasn’t horrible but Hayes’ regular, classy laid-back style couldn’t keep pace with Kevin James’ frequently physical, larger-than-life zany comic energy. So, In a quick Knee-jerk response, the show quickly decided to end her character’s arc by killing her off. The death was accomplished with all the swiftness and discretion of a mob hit. Nobody saw it coming and the cast barely spoke about it. Quickly, the show teamed Kevin James with his partner from “King Of Queens”, Leah Remini and rekindle the old “familiarity breeds contempt” relationship they shared as husband and wife . Now, though, they were just co-workers. The same contemptuous bickering that is so relatable in an average marriage just doesn’t wash in the workplace. That’s why companies force you to go through harassment prevention training and take a test!
Please Report to Tim Meadows’ Office
*Sometimes casting choices out of left field just work . During his SNL heydey, I would never have suspected that Tim Meadows had any kind of a knack for playing school principals. But every time he appears as a principal in “, “The Goldbergs” “Teachers” etc. amazingly he shines. Some actors , it seems, are destined to play important roles (King Lear or Winston Churchill), Tim Meadows was born to make teenagers tuck in their pants and spit out their gum.