Picks and Pans Review: The Bonnie Hunt Show
CBS (Fridays, 8:30 p.m. ET)
The comic actress and longtime Letterman favorite returns to prime time as a small-town girl from Wisconsin hired as a feature reporter at a Chicago TV station.
The show has a distinctive tone. The characters talk in a more realistic manner than on most sitcoms—speaking in jagged, overlapping bursts, not in carefully choreographed repartee. The episodes, which involve bits of improvisation, feel eerily casual, with friends just dropping by the way they do on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Hunt is an absolute delight playing a woman who seems to have no clue about how attractive she is. But even though the sitcom is somewhat more structured than Hunt's previous, short-lived 1993 show, The Building, it still seems disconcertingly slapdash and drifty.
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