I really, really want this show to do well because of the cast (I've loved Amy Poehler since her days as Andy Richter's little sister on Conan, and Asiz Ansari is great), and because of the topic. OK, I may be the only one, but I don't think that there's ever been a tv show--comedy or drama--about municipal government. Sort of fascinating, because anyone who has lived in any city or town can tell you, there's a lot of comedy and/or tragedy to mined from that.
The news today is that it didn't do well with focus groups (Deadline Hollywood and EW). So, it seems like some of the criticism about how it's too much like "The Office" is fair and all that, but this is the one that irked me the most:
Wow, this sort of has me floored in the implications of women as consumers of comedy. I mean,yes, I do enjoy laughing at AND crushing on lots of funny guys, but I think I'm still capable of finding something funny if I don't find the men attractive. Huh. I have only seen the promos, so I can't comment on whether Aziz's character falls into the "sleazy" category, but I also feel like there may some underlying racial/ethnic reasons why he might not be considered "datable." I hope not.
The show could use a genuinely likeable male lead. The lack of quality male characters was evident in both the Dial Test and Focus Groups. While Leslie, Ann and April are good characters; all the men in the show were seen as “sleazy” in one way or another. Because there are no “datable” men in the cast, there is little “romantic tension” or “interesting relationship potential” in the show.
Edited by dustdevil, Mar 24, 2009 @ 1:51 PM.