Deja & Vu

In  Dharma & Greg, Jenna Elfman played a woman who quickly found herself living with a man who was very different from her, but whom she had real affection for. The series was about how their affection overrode their differences, and how their worlds collided.

In Accidentally on Purpose, Jenna Elfman plays a woman who quickly finsd herself living with a man who is very different from her, but whom she has real affection for. The series appears to be about how their affection override their differences, and how their worlds collide.

In this case, Jenna is the relatively strait-laced one, on account of her greater age, which is the official key difference between the two of them. An impending child is the thing that officially holds them together. In terms of personality… well, he’s a bit of a cliche youth, and her personality isn’t fully fleshed out in this too-frentic pilot. Really, it’s hard to tell how this is going to be. Jenna can be funny, but the first episodes is all set-up, no play-out.

The pilot was directed by Pamela Fryman, airing after Ms. Fryman’s usual gig on How I Met Your Mother. I’m not sure how many episodes they have her on for; if she can bring some of the HIMYM zing to this, it can work out.

Fryman directed the second episode of Elfman’s previous sitcom, Courting Alex, following on the heels of the first episode’s director, James Burrows. In a way, I suspect she’s going to follow in his footsteps altogether. He was for a long-time the go-to guy to launch a new series as a director, sometimes being there for just one episode, sometimes staying on for a few. Launched some big successes… even if the pilot wasn’t that great (The Big Bang Theory). Recently, he’s been spending most of his time on the script-weak Gary Unmarried, and he’s launching the new Kelsey Grammer series, but all in all it looks like he’s slowing his pace a little (and at 69, and with something on the scale of 1000 episodes under his belt, he’s earned it!), and Fryman’s work is very much in his tradition. She’s shown the ability to build chemistry. Let’s hope it works on this show.

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Published in: on September 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

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