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Old 03-21-12, 07:16 PM
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Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

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Synopsis for Pilot:

Spoiler:
Recently divorced Alex (Amanda Peet) is a high-strung lawyer raising her 10 year-old daughter Charlie (Joey King) as a single mom. Unwilling to let anything get in her way, she downsizes into a smaller house and hires charismatic contractor Pete (David Walton), a free-spirited, recovering gambling addict who is a ladies man and in desperate need of this gig. Upon hiring him, Alex quickly realizes that she has met her match in Pete, who along with his motley construction crew, will not only tear apart her kitchen but transform her worldview in the process. Jeffrey Tambor stars as Pete's narcissistic live-in father Walt and Margo Harshman stars as Alex's wild younger sister Screwsie.

Read more: Listings - BENT on NBC | TheFutonCritic.com http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listin...#ixzz1pnePuOM8


Synopsis for Smitten

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Fed up with her lack of a love life, Alex (Amanda Peet) devises a way to take her relationship with her boyfriend Ben (guest star Matt Letscher) to the next level. Meanwhile, in spite of his feelings for Alex, Pete (David Walton) rekindles his romance with ex-girlfriend Natalie (guest star Diora Baird), but repercussions quickly unfold. Elsewhere, with hopes of winning over Alex, Pete and Ben vie for Charlie's (Joey King) attention. Jeffrey Tambor and Margo Harshman also star.

Read more: Listings - BENT on NBC | TheFutonCritic.com http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listin...#ixzz1pneceKRK


6 episodes. Will be burned off 2 episodes at a time for the next 3 weeks.

Starring:

Amanda Peet
David Walton
Jeffrey Tambor

Trailer:

<iframe id="NBC Video Widget" width="512" height="347" src="http://www.nbc.com/assets/video/widget/widget.html?vid=1386544" frameborder="0"></iframe>

http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/whats-al...d-david-walton

Alan Sepinwall gave it a good review.
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

Some good moments. Kinda slow. Tambor rules. Herman's Head reference.
Old 03-21-12, 11:32 PM
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

NBC must love this David Walton guy. This has to be his third sitcom in as many years on the network.
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

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NBC must love this David Walton guy. This has to be his third sitcom in as many years on the network.
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

Maybe he'll get lucky with #5.
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

Was it canceled already? Why only 6 episodes and burn through them so fast otherwise?
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

Originally Posted by resinrats View Post
Was it canceled already? Why only 6 episodes and burn through them so fast otherwise?
No, not officially. But, being burned off in late March with hardly any promotion and 2 shit lead-ins is not a good sign for it. It only got a timeslot because Law and Order SVU was taking a 3 week Spring hiatus anyways.

I'm guessing if one of the new 30 minute sitcoms like Whitney, Up All Night or Chelsea would have bombed and get canned, this would have aired sooner and gotten more episodes. Wednesday was really the only logical place to put it.

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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

I consider myself to be up on shows, but I honestly had no idea what this show was. I was going through my PVR to see what was scheduled when I saw a "Bent" listed. No idea. Looked at who was in it. Didn't remember seeing them promote it at all. I remember seeing Peet's name listed on some talk shows that I didn't watch, so I guess that this was what she was promoting. It's the least publicized show I can ever remember.
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

I didn't think it was that bad. Could use more JB Smoove though.
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

Nothing great, but not that bad. I does have that ginger actor who looks like Matt Damon's retarded brother.
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

I haven't seen the show yet but I do think that photo in the OP is the worse photochop job ever. That guy is huge compared to Amanda Peet.
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

I made it through the first one, but I didn't watch the second. I never heard of the show either so it was a surprise to me, but I figured since they were debuting it against Modern Family, it was a throwaway. If they would all dial back the smarminess a little bit, it could have been good.
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

I enjoyed both episodes nothing great but with there only being 6 episodes i'm in for the short haul
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

"Screwsie"?
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

Wow, this got some horrible ratings. Worse than The Paul Reiser show a year ago.
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

Originally Posted by windom View Post
NBC must love this David Walton guy. This has to be his third sitcom in as many years on the network.
He must have pictures because I had a cancerous mole that was funnier than this dumb ass.
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

Originally Posted by Quatermass View Post
I never heard of the show either so it was a surprise to me, but I figured since they were debuting it against Modern Family REPEAT, it was a throwaway.
Fixed.

I also missed it. I watch more FOX than any other channel and saw ZERO promo spots for it...
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

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I also missed it. I watch more FOX than any other channel and saw ZERO promo spots for it...
Considering it was on NBC, that's probably why you didn't see any promos on Fox for it.
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

I enjoyed it but won't miss it when it's gone. Good for a quick time filler with a laugh or two.

Best part of the episodes was the daughter getting advice while he's stealing the lumber.
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"Screwsie"?
Love the gal that plays her.

I actually liked Walton's show, "Perfect Couples", w/ Olivia Munn.
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

Watching JB Smooth on this was weird. I expected his lines to sound more like "I fuckin fired those backtalkers. Now lets go stab some bitches with our dicks".

And damn...Tawny from Even Stevens is looking amazing.
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

DVR'd both. Could not make it through tens mins. of the first ep.
Deleted both.
This embarrassing drivel sets sitcoms back 20 years.
Painfully awful.
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David Walton is a great comedic actor. Eventually he will get on a show with halfway decent writing or one that becomes a hit despite a bad premise and horrible scripts(CBS Mondays)
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Re: Bent -- New NBC Comedy Series -- Premieres 3/21/12

Nothing great, but not that bad. I does have that ginger actor who looks like Matt Damon's retarded brother.
Jesse Plemons from Friday Night Lights?


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