Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > Entertainment Discussions > TV Talk
Reload this Page >

Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

TV Talk Talk about Shows on TV

Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

Old 02-14-11, 05:58 AM
  #1  
DVD Talk Godfather
Thread Starter
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 61,917
Received 470 Likes on 348 Posts
Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
By djariya at 2011-01-17

Synopsis:

Spoiler:
MAD LOVE is a comedy about a quartet of New Yorkers-two who are falling in love and another two who despise each other (at least for now). Ben, a lawyer, is a hopeless romantic trying to build a relationship with Kate, a beautiful, smart girl whom Ben thinks is the woman of his dreams. Larry, Ben's unrefined best friend and co- worker, is a guy who doesn't believe in love and has a long track record as the third wheel. Kate's roommate, Connie, works as a nanny and finds Larry aggravating or does she? Larry and Connie have a lot in common, but refuse to let their guard down long enough to see it.


Trailer:

<iframe title="YouTube video player" width="640" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/c2xp2APiYDI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Starring:

Sarah Chalke (Scrubs)
Jason Biggs (American Pie)
Tyler Labine (Reaper, Sons of Tuscon)
Judy Greer (Arrested Development)

13 episode midseason series. I like Chalke, Biggs, and Judy Greer. Tyler Labine...Hmmmm, how many shows has he been on that has gotten canned? But, this has How I Met Your Mother as a lead-in, so it should get some good numbers.
Old 02-14-11, 02:09 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
MrSmearkase's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ayer, MA
Posts: 5,259
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

I like the cast, so I'll check it out.
Old 02-14-11, 02:34 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 11,571
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
I like Chalke, Biggs, and Judy Greer. Tyler Labine...Hmmmm, how many shows has he been on that has gotten canned?
Ugh. I loved Reaper, but couldn't stand him so quit watching it. I'll try this, hoping he dials the annoying factor down a lot, but I'm not too optimistic, given the one promo I've seen.
Old 02-14-11, 02:40 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 2,326
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

I can't stand Tyler Labine or Judy Greer. Easy pass for me.
Old 02-14-11, 03:00 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Charlie Goose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Sesame Street (the apt. next to Bob's)
Posts: 20,198
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

Bland male lead
Semi-cute cloying female lead
Fat slob male best friend
Shrill **** female best friend

It's a no from me.
Old 02-14-11, 03:04 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Raleighwood
Posts: 6,643
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

I'll give it a shot due to Sarah Chalke.
Old 02-14-11, 03:04 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Godfather
Thread Starter
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 61,917
Received 470 Likes on 348 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11



Okay I kind of understand the Tyler Labine hate, but what's with the hate for Judy Greer? I think she's a good comedic actress. She was great on Miss Guided a few years ago and has popped up occasionally on other shows/movies.

Yeah I like Sarah Chalke also. Biggs is okay. He will always be Jim Levenstein for me.
Old 02-14-11, 03:07 PM
  #8  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
MrSmearkase's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ayer, MA
Posts: 5,259
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

/\ I totally forgot about Miss Guided She and Chris Parnell were great on that one.
Old 02-14-11, 03:19 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Very far away..
Posts: 4,536
Likes: 0
Received 3 Likes on 3 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

Yeah 'cause we haven't seen this show a hundred times before

I love Judy Greer and I like Labine and Chalke but that doesn't make this seem any more interesting.
Old 02-14-11, 03:39 PM
  #10  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
Michael Corvin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 1999
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 60,172
Received 248 Likes on 185 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

I like the cast so I'll check it out, despite them all playing typical roles.

Originally Posted by aktick View Post
Ugh. I loved Reaper, but couldn't stand him so quit watching it.
I told my wife I wanted to check this out because I liked him on Reaper.
Old 02-14-11, 09:06 PM
  #11  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 3,475
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

I'm a fan of Tyler Labine and found myself laughing alot more than I expected to tonight. Hopefully this last longer than his previous gigs..
Old 02-14-11, 09:12 PM
  #12  
DVD Talk Legend
 
astrochimp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 17,802
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

I enjoyed the premiere.
Old 02-14-11, 09:12 PM
  #13  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Goat3001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: NYC
Posts: 17,113
Received 22 Likes on 10 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

I thought this was pretty bad. The relationship between Biggs and Chalke and the hatred between the other two moved so fast that it was just annoying. No real laughs either. And it's trying way too hard to be How I Met My Mother but didn't come close to having the instant charm.

BUT I still like the leads so I'll give it one more chance.
Old 02-14-11, 09:18 PM
  #14  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Gizmo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Formerly known as "GizmoDVD"/Southern CA
Posts: 30,553
Received 14 Likes on 13 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

I love everyone in the cast. This will be first time watching CBS in...3 years. It's hard to pass this one up.

I thought Labine dropped out when Sons of Touson was on the air?
Old 02-14-11, 11:23 PM
  #15  
DVD Talk Legend
 
whotony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: ^ Kristen Bell
Posts: 19,634
Received 34 Likes on 32 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

Greer seems old for this show.
Old 02-14-11, 11:37 PM
  #16  
DVD Talk Godfather
Thread Starter
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 61,917
Received 470 Likes on 348 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

Originally Posted by whotony View Post
Greer seems old for this show.
How is she too old?

Greer is 35
Chalke is 34
Biggs and Labine are 32
Old 02-14-11, 11:38 PM
  #17  
DVD Talk Legend
 
whotony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: ^ Kristen Bell
Posts: 19,634
Received 34 Likes on 32 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

Seems/looks older.
Old 02-14-11, 11:40 PM
  #18  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Gizmo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Formerly known as "GizmoDVD"/Southern CA
Posts: 30,553
Received 14 Likes on 13 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

Originally Posted by whotony View Post
Seems/looks older.
She does. But still hot.
Old 02-14-11, 11:49 PM
  #19  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
Michael Corvin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 1999
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 60,172
Received 248 Likes on 185 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

Originally Posted by Goat3001 View Post
I thought this was pretty bad. The relationship between Biggs and Chalke and the hatred between the other two moved so fast that it was just annoying. No real laughs either. And it's trying way too hard to be How I Met My Mother but didn't come close to having the instant charm.

BUT I still like the leads so I'll give it one more chance.
Spot on analysis. This felt like HIMYM-lite except without the jokes and likable characters. Kind of a alternate universe HIMYM. Not many laughs to be had either.

I'll give it another episode or two since I still like the cast.
Old 02-15-11, 12:39 AM
  #20  
DVD Talk Godfather
Thread Starter
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 61,917
Received 470 Likes on 348 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

I kind of liked it. I don't watch many single camera studio sitcoms, but I thought for the most part it worked and set up the characters well. I've never seen How I Met your Mother, so I have no comparison to it. I agree that the relationships between the characters especially Ben and Kate moved really fast in such a short period of time.

I don't know if it's the plan for future episodes, but I enjoyed the story told from the perspective of Larry. I liked the oddball relationship he had with Connie and got a few chuckles. I'm a fan of Judy Greer, but I don't like the straight red long hair with bangs. The look doesn't work for her.

BTW, who did those babies belong to?
Old 02-15-11, 03:02 AM
  #21  
MrX
DVD Talk Legend
 
MrX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Chicago
Posts: 24,872
Likes: 0
Received 13 Likes on 12 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
BTW, who did those babies belong to?
The blond girl
Old 02-15-11, 08:22 AM
  #22  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
Michael Corvin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 1999
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 60,172
Received 248 Likes on 185 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

Couple of other things that bugged the hell out of me were the laugh track (it's 2011, aren't we done with this trope? We grandfathered in long running sitcoms, but there's no reason for a new show to have them in this day and age), and the babies sitting on Judy Greer's lap in the taxi (no car seats? Really?).
Old 02-15-11, 08:54 AM
  #23  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 40,464
Received 137 Likes on 108 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

This was just HIMYM redux but with a less likable cast and no Barney (yet).

I wasn't feeling it, but we'll see how it does. I like Sarah Chalke and Judy Greer and her fucked up boobs, but really Greer seems like an awkward fit here.

CBS loves laugh tracks so I was over that pretty quick.
Old 02-15-11, 09:00 AM
  #24  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 471
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

I cant believe how fast the Larry character turned me off of the show.
Add to that his incredibly annoying voiceover and I feel even my like of Sarah Chalke may not bring me back.
Old 02-15-11, 02:11 PM
  #25  
DVD Talk Godfather
Thread Starter
 
DJariya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: La Palma, CA
Posts: 61,917
Received 470 Likes on 348 Posts
Re: Mad Love -- New CBS Comedy Series -- "Fireworks" -- 2/14/11

I read that in the original Pilot they shot, Minka Kelly from Friday Night Lights played Chalke's character and Lizzy Caplan played Greer's character.

I guess CBS wasn't comfortable going with 2 younger actresses and changed to 2 sitcom veterans to get an audience.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.