Latest CBS Clone Attempt, An Epic Fail

May 11, 2011 at 1:59 am Leave a comment

Monday evening, CBS proved that not every clone is worth the work.

The network has two very funny programs

Number 1 is “The Big Bang Theory”, probably the funniest show on t.v.,

Number 2 is called “How I met your mother”.

Alternate title, 4 yeahs and an eh?

I’m leaving “Two and a half men” out of this equasion since it’s still in limbo until Charlie Sheen returns to earth, or not. A new episode of “How I met your mother” is on each week, and there are re-runs running daily in syndication on many local stations. This show has an outstanding (with one major exception…. more on that below) cast working on well thought out scripts with great direction and editing. So CBS did what any poorly educated parent would do, they tried to come up with an exact copy of their successful and funny program to add to their lineup.

Nicer table,  just missing a David Spade clone?

For now, we’ll call this copy “Mad Love”, since that’s how it shows up in the television listings, and I’d consider that it’s more or less a clone because they use the same central casting collection of character types, very similar locations (a regular table for 4 or 5 in a bar), almost identical apartment set up, nice looking boys and girls, and most notably the use of voice over narrations to clarify and move the story along. Mad Love isn’t a bad show, it just gets lost in the shadow of its older big brother, and the horse’s ass that conceived it.

To recycle an old joke, one could try calling “How I met your mother” Juan, and then refer to “Mad Love” by the name Ahmal. So, when you’ve seen Juan, you’ve seen Ahmal.

I’m – so – very – sorry…..

The above mentioned actor exception? All I can say is this guy peaked as “Doogie Howser, M.D.”, sort of floundered as the Uber Mench Macho Jackbooted SS type officer in “Starship Troopers”, and is an overacting total fail in “How I met your mother”. It’s like watching the offspring of a mash up of Jerry Lewis and Jim Carrey, basically the Modus Operandi sine qua non of “Leave no scenery unchewed” at work. Part of the rub is that in spite of the fact that he openly came out of the closet, he now goes against that reality by playing a womanizing, bang anything with a pulse playboy. And, I’m not that sure about that “with a pulse” thing.

You’ve come a long way, Dougie

Maybe they could try adding Max Casella to the cast of Mad Love? He’s always been working but hasn’t had that much screen time stuff since “DH,MD”, and he would appreciate the air time.

N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and/ or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as always, success usually has a million parents and failure is an orphan.

Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below this advisory, I don’t get to choose them and even more sadly, I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff…..  

P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….

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