Another Hour in Which I Could Have Been Reading a Book Reallocated
by Jon Weisman
First of all, speaking as a happily married man, it has to be said that ABC could have done a lot worse than have back-to-back half-hours with Sofia Vergara and Kelly Hu.
With that out of the way ...
The Knights of Prosperity: Kooky, silly, completely unessential but cringeless, strangely charming and surprisingly clever in parts. I'm on board for another episode.
In Case of Emergency: Better than the reviews suggested, better than that other high-school reunion sitcom this year. Also completely unessential, but I was surprised to find I didn't hate it - especially when Jonathan Silverman kept reminding me of The Single Guy. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm gonna give it another shot as well. I really can't believe I'm saying this.
This level of tolerance is yet another reminder of how awful The Class is.
The quality of Friday Night Lights dominated Wednesday night television viewing, so it's fairly remarkable that these two shows could make any kind of positive impression. I think Knights and ICR had an appealing level of humility and enough of an ability not to insult my intelligence by pretending to be cleverer than they really were. They were, for the most part (Knights more so), sincere.
Update: I meant to add that given the upcoming season premiere of American Idol, neither of these shows has great long-term hope.
Having slept on things, I'm not predicting that ICR will hold me beyond episode two.