The Fall is coming! The Fall is coming! And it’s about time I start writing about some of these upcoming series. So for the next couple weeks until premieres actually start, you’ll see me writing some early impressions based on two things: description and trailer. You can decide on your own what you think of a series, but I’ll give you my impressions first.
Up All Night
Series Preview: Wednesday, September 14, at 10/9c on NBC*
Christina Applegate (“Samantha Who?”) stars as Reagan Brinkley: loving wife, successful career woman, life of the party and, most recently, mom. Determined not to compromise her career or cool reputation to the cliches of motherhood, Reagan adjusts to life with a baby and returns to work with the support of her stay-at-home husband, Chris (Will Arnett, “Arrested Development”). As Reagan and Chris figure out their new life, self-doubt, sleep deprivation and the pressure of today’s parenting protocols rattle their confidence. What’s more, the endless needs of Reagan’s boss, ambitious but vulnerable talk-show host Ava (Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live,” “Bridesmaids”), threaten to throw Reagan off balance.
My Thoughts: I’m so excited about this show! I know, I know. You would normally think I wouldn’t be. I’m not a fan of Will Arnett. I never have been (and before you ask, no, I never really watched Arrested Development; I hear that’s where everyone loves him from). I’m also not the biggest fan of Maya Rudolph. Nothing against her. I could take her or leave her.
But I am a fan of Christina Applegate, and it looks like a really cute premise. Plus, Will Arnett isn’t being over-the-top and, well, orangey-tan, so that’s helping it out. The commercials have been appealing, but it’s the promo below that really turned me on to the show. It’s hilarious. The one-liners are great (“Honey, worry. I can’t totally do this.”), and it just feels like a relatable show. Ok, well, I assume so. I mean, I don’t have kids, so I can’t say for sure, but I imagine a lot of the stuff they say are things that would come out of my mouth in that situation. That’s great.
The weakest part about the show is really Maya Rudolph, at least if we’re taking it only from what you see in the promo. There’s just not all that unique about her character from what I see. But I’ll give her a chance.
Ultimately, it just looks like a good show. Surprise, surprise, NBC, you might’ve gotten yourself a good one.
*Now, let’s just discuss one more thing. A preview on the 14th at 9/8c, only to move the show to its actual timeslot the following week at 8/7c. Can’t you just train your viewers right from the start when the show will be? Also, does this show not feel like it’s perfect for Thursday? Uggh. If you kill this just because of timeslot scheduling, I will kill you.