Airs: Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS (moves to Thursdays in November)
It always concerns me when the best part(s) of a show or movie are shown in the trailer – comedies in particular. That is the case with Life in Pieces. I felt like I watched the entire pilot episode with the trailer. The tag line for this show is “One Big Family. Four Stories.” While there were some funny moments, the four stories aspect made for a disjointed production. There is no laugh track with this show, for which I am thankful.
James Brolin and Dianne Weist are great. They were near the beginning of the episode and I spent the entire episode waiting/hoping for them to come back.
The Colin Hanks storyline with the newborn baby was dull. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I had children.
Then there is the fat, stupid dad married to someone out of his league for no apparent reason (he is allegedly a doctor. Could we make him nerdy instead of a moron?) His wife is the annoying sister from Breaking Bad. She is annoying here too, though that may just be residual annoyingness.
The other son had the best story arc (brief though it was), yet was completely forgettable by the end of the episode.
Overall, there are too many story arcs in a 30-minute program. You end up not caring about any of the characters, because they are on too briefly. The cast is great – they’ll hook some viewers for that reason alone, but it is doubtful that they stick around. Even more concerning they used all their best jokes in the trailer – it’s a good bet that the quality only goes down from the pilot.
WWYT Rating: 5.1
Nielsen Ratings: 2.7 Initial Projection 80% chance of renewal, revising down to 55%. While the initial ratings are solid, CBS is losing half its audience after Big Bang Theory. Early reviews of the program have not been promising. Expect a sizable drop in ratings next week.