Worth Watching: Beginning of the End for ‘This Is Us’ and ‘black-ish,’ New Tuesday Comedies
NBC, which aired no comedies in the fall, adds two new sitcoms to its Tuesday lineup—starting with a workplace satire that’s the tonal opposite of Abbott, laced with cynical bite, where no one ever learns from their mistakes. Echoing a similarly disastrous investors’ event on Succession, this episode is built around an earnings call that quickly goes south, when fatally uninspired new CEO Katherine (Ana Gasteyer) vamps about a “big announcement” to distract from the latest bad publicity, and her executive team of empty suits scrambles to close a labor negotiation.
The least promising of the night’s new comedies is a low-concept sitcom about a group of Black friends in L.A.’s trendy Silverlake district who bicker and bond over wine—usually in bars. But when a local wildfire displaces them, they hang at househusband Wyatt’s (Justin Cunningham) home, where we’re introduced to his lawyer wife, Kristen (The Unicorn’s Maya Lynne Robinson), who initiates a competition with her partner about who’s the better host. Complications ensue, and like in the episodes that aired in December, it looks like they’re having more fun than we are.
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