Picks and Pans Review: Cursed
NBC (Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ET)
This sappy new sitcom squanders a nifty premise: Guy goes on a blind date, spurns her; she puts a curse on him; everything proceeds to go wrong in his life. The calamities that pile up for hapless Chicago ad exec Jack Nagle (Steven Weber) are barely worth a pause on the remote. Jack gets demoted at work, so his uptight colleague (Wendell Pierce) becomes his boss. His girlfriend (Amy Pietz) decides she just wants to be pals. But since Jack, a commitment-phobe, keeps breaking up with her anyway, that hardly seems a curse. And Weber, who was so wonderfully loopy as Tim Daly's laid-back brother on Wings, is merely whiney and needy here. His hex appears to be self-inflicted. In desperation for laughs, the producers have gone rummaging through another—and superior—sitcom. What if Kramer had moved in with Seinfeld? Then you might get Chris Elliott as Jack's freeloading best friend turned meddlesome roommate. It's fun to watch the manic Elliott, on a remodeling binge, smash a kitchen island with a sledgehammer. But the gag comes out of nowhere and disappears just as quickly. One wishes this labored comedy would do likewise.
Bottom Line: Doesn't cast a spell
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