Super Fun Night
Wednesdays, 9:30pm, ABC
Captive audience: Guys who like their girls cute in the face and thick in the waist; people who believe New York is full of douchebags.
Moment of truth: After winning us all over with her balls-to-wall hilarious turns in Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, Aussie funny lady Rebel Wilson now has her own sitcom. She plays a goofball of a gal, looking for fun ways to spend a girls’ night out with her fellow geek-girl roommates. The pilot—which, due to its negative reaction from critics, was pulled from premiering this week—is nowhere near as funny as the ep airing in its place, especially since it has Wilson displaying the fearlessness and self-respect that made us fall in love with her in the first place. As long as this show remembers that, it might have a chance.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phl-emmy.
Wednesdays, 9pm, Esquire Network
Captive audience: Travelogue watchers; international foodies; people who believe people cities in other parts of the world are full of douchebags.
Moment of truth: Well, the Esquire Network finally debuted last week, featuring shows like this Anthony Bourdain-produced travel series, which has B-to-C-list celebs checking out major international cities. Last week’s premiere, which had Community smart-ass Joel McHale awkwardly cracking wise all over Belfast, was a’ight. This week’s ep is far more fun, as Parks and Recreation smart-ass Aziz Ansari proves how much of a generally curious traveler he is as he eats and jokes in Hong Kong. Basically, this show is a must for those who’ve always wanted to see what weird, exotic shit people consume all over the world.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.
Sundays, 10:30pm, HBO
Captive audience: Fans of The Office (both the British and American versions); lovers of cringe humor; people who believe L.A. is full of douchebags.
Moment of truth: Properly placed after Eastbound & Down, this new sitcom features another asshole looking for attention. British funnyman and The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant plays a L.A.-based web designer constantly on the prowl for girls—and often failing miserably. This awkward-ass show wants to have it both ways, making us laugh at his abhorrent behavior, yet demanding we feel sorry for the prick when he goes home alone (which is usually his fault). Considering that Ricky Gervais is currently winning Netflix watchers over with the sweet Derek, Merchant’s bastard blitz is pure buzzkill.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy.
In Memoriam: David Brenner