Fox's TV Show Sit Down, Shut Up Should Probably Do Just That
What more do you want? Isn't it enough we have Jason Bateman?
I wanted the animated show Sit Down, Shut Up to be good, I really did, but sometimes wanting isn't enough.
With names attached to it such as Will Arnett, Cheri Oteri, Henry Winkler, Kenan Thompson, and Kristen Chenoweth, you'd think this would work. Then there's the fact that at it's helm is Mitch Hurwitz (creator of Arrested Development), and it stars Jason Bateman.
Again...this SHOULD work, right?
Each week I watch in hopes that I will at least chuckle. Nope. Not happening.
The jokes are predictable, the scenarios trite, and the characters flat and boring. They make references that they think are going to get people to laugh, but instead, viewers find themselves finishing the line with the character — and not in the "Oh! I love this part!" kind of way. And on top of all that, Fox has put it on at 12am on Saturdays. WHAT?!?!?!
So that begs the question, or rather questions: When you do something as fantastic and landmark as the magic that was Arrested Development, how quickly do you follow it up? Or, even, DO you follow it up? And if you decide to do another show right after, do you use members of the cast of the show that made you a part of TV history, or do you go a different direction?
Right after Golden Girls went off the air, would we have fallen in love with a show if it had Bea Arthur and Betty White as private investigators? Would we have been glued to our TV sets watching the cast of Dallas as doctors and nurses who just happen to work together in the same hospital? Think about Cosby. This was the show where he was once again married to Phylicia Rashad, but they weren't the Huxtables. Granted, this lasted for four years, but the entire time, I kept hoping Doug E. Doug would turn into Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
Arrested Development was classic, epic if you will. Leave it be, and let us pine for the upcoming movie.
My love of Jason Bateman keeps me watching this show. However, my respect for Mitch Hurwitz might dwindle if I don't quit now.