The Return of Jezebel Jane, currently being quickly burned off on Friday nights, is a frustrating show. Because if you watch it, it’s about a shrill and unlikable single book editor who ends up using her somewhat estranged sister as a childbirth surrogate. It’s not very appealing. But if you close your eyes and listen to the dialog, picture it on the page… it’s actually pretty good. They’ve got a good script. It’s just being horribly directed and acted. Which is strange, because the writer of the pilot was also the director — Amy Sherman-Palladino, talented creator of The Gilmore Girls. And the lead is Parker Posey, who has certainly done good work before (although most notably as annoying or unlikable characters.)
Oh, okay, you aren’t all writers. Don’t picture it on the page. Picture Kelsey Grammer delivering the same lines. Taking time, giving inflection, doing pauses, showing signs that he’s aware of what he’s saying. You know, it’s really sad when a 53-year-old man would be a better choice — a much better choice — for delivering lines about trying to get pregnant.