Picks and Pans Review: Conrad Bloom
NBC (Mondays, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Coming up with an original situation comedy isn't easy. Neither is finding a fresh way to say that Conrad Bloom is a little too remindful of other NBC shows about New York City singles with media-related jobs. Call it Conrad in the City. Call it Suddenly Conrad. Conrad Bad would be unfair; Conrad Bland would not.
Mark Feuerstein—formerly of Caroline in the City, which follows Conrad in the Monday lineup—is mildly appealing as the title character, a 28-year-old advertising copywriter who, judging from the show's premiere, is the kind of guy women love. Agency art director Shelley (Jessica Stone) loves him as a friend; so does his best pal, an insecure photographer named Molly (Lauren Graham). His widowed mother (Linda Lavin, overqualified for the part) loves to make him feel guilty, and his sister Nina (Ever Carradine), a flighty all-purpose activist, loves it when he bails her out of trouble. The demands attached to all this non-romantic love apparently will leave Conrad short of time for sex. Lavin is funny in a future episode when her character goes to work in a packing center, but we fear Barney Miller veteran Steve Landesberg may be too limited by the role of a has-been adman with a drug-fried brain.
Bottom Line: Creativity is not in Bloom
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