Get Shorty (EPIX)

GetShorty

Get Shorty (EPIX) – Premieres 13th August

Loosely based on the book that spawned the movie of the same name, this follows Miles a low level mobster who is questioning his career choice. Due to his profession he’s wife has left him which motivates Miles to try and get out of the gangster business so he can attempt to get his family back to together.

After being given a job to kill someone with a debt to the mob, Miles finds out that the person they’re after is a script writer who believes that they written a modern classic. So when Miles’ associated kills the guy, Miles takes the script and tries to formulate a plan to become a producer to turn the script into a film.

As he meets up with failing film producer Rick who tells him that he doesn’t have the cash to make the film, Miles decides to take the idea to his boss  offering the film as a way for them to launder their money.

While not an out-and-out comedy it’s a solid opening episode and worth a watch.

6.4/10

Atypical (Netflix)

Atypical

Atypical (Netflix)

A comedy that focuses Sam, an 18 year old who has autism, a deep love for penguins and a doubt that he’ll ever get a girlfriend. After his therapist informs him that other people who have autism manage to have relationships, this encourages him to try and get a date.

When he reveals that he is planning to start dating, he’s sister and workmate try to give him advice on how to impress women along with Sam doing internet research on the subject. All the while Sam voiceovers how he processes the information and how his autism makes him do the things he does.

While this is going on Sams mother begins to question her role now that he is beginning to become more independent leading to her flirting with barstaff and generally being disillusioned with her future.

For a comedy it’s a more subtle take on some with a disability than something like Speechless, where the main humour comes from how Sam takes the advice he receives literally or how what he considers normal is interpreted by everyone else. The one thing that doesn’t really fit into it is storyline with the mother, which sort of jars against the rest of the show.

4.3/10

Claws (TNT)

Claws

Claws (TNT) – Premieres 11th June – Renewed

Comedy-drama that follows Desna, the owner of a nail salon, who has managed to get involved with the dixie mafia in laundering money for a neighbouring clinic.

After agreeing to launder the cash from the clinics oxy dealing for a year, Desna discovers that instead of getting the $20k that was promised, the head of the local dixie mafia gives her $3k and the revelation that she and her staff are no where near getting away from being used by them.

Realising the situation Desna decides to get herself further up the chain by taking out the guy that got them involved in the deal, who also happens to be the mafia bosses nephew.

The show has a faint similarity with Breaking Bad where the main character has got involved with some nefarious types in order to get cash together to help their family. But this is played out in a vastly lighter manner. For what it is it’s not too bad a watch.

5.3/10

Date My Dad (UP)

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Date My Dad (UP) – Premieres 2nd June

Comedy drama that follows Ricky Cooper, a former baseball player and widowed father of three. It begins on Rickys 40th birthday where his children have decided that after three years since his wife passed, it’s time for him to start dating.

The thought of this and after finding out his mother-in-law is moving out, leads  to Ricky seeing visions of his dead wife who also encourages him to move on. While he debates whether to or not to, his daughters then put a plan into action to help him out by getting the details of every single woman together to get him back in the game.

As a comedy drama, there’s not that much comedy in it and what there is mainly jars agains the the over-sentimental set up of the programme. It’s all a bit meh in it delivery.

2.7/10

Daytime Divas (VH1)

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Daytime Divas (VH1) – Premieres 5th June

A comedic drama that centres on the hosts The Lunch Hour, a daytime talk show in the style of Loose Women and The View. In it, the creator and anchor of the show Vanessa is at continual loggerheads with the the other members of the programme.

After Vanessa ends up in coma from a botched plastic surgery procedure, three of her co-hosts begin trying to vie for the main hosting gig. As the first show after Vanessas hospitalisation airs she awakes from the coma to find out what has been going on, and starts to tinker with the shows production to stitch up the others that have been trying to get her job.

As this goes on she has the brainwave to continually sabotage the programme while pretending to be in the coma so her return will create a bigger buzz.

The show is like a mix between UnREAL and Desperate Housewives, though it doesn’t really work as the comedy parts rarely become apparent, and the dramatic side is equivalent to a poor daytime soap. It’s one to miss.

2.1/10

I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime)

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I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime) – Premieres 4th June

A drama where a group of comedians in the early 70’s are trying to get out of the club circuit and get their chance to appear on national television.

It starts off when one of the group, Clay, gets to appear on the holy grail of Johnny Carson’s show, and after nailing his performance heads off to a hotel room to watch it on TV and then head out to commit suicide by walking in front of a bus.

News of his death filters back to the comedy club, and where after holding a wake they being to find out that the booking agent for Johnny Carson has been told to hold back from getting new acts on the show. At the same time two of Clays friends from Boston arrive in Hollywood to try and make it big in comedy unaware of his death, leaving them having to move in with one of the more dubious comedians in the club.

As the show follows the comedians trying to to work their way up the ladder it centres on Clays ex-girlfriend Cassie, who after being continually overlooked in performing on the main stage, due to the clubs owner thinking she’s not ready, manages to get a chance where she uses the recent experience to give her routine the focus it was previously lacking.

As a comedy drama it shares some similarities to The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, though with its darker outlook this is the more watchable of the two.

5.4/10

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (Amazon)

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The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (Amazon) – Premieres 17th March – Pilot (Renewed to series)

A comedy drama set in the 1950’s following Midge Maisel, a housewife who while supporting her husbands dream of becoming a stand up comedian ends up discovering that he stole his set from a known comedian.

When she tries to encourage him to incorporate some original material his bombs on stage, blaming Midge and using that as the excuse to leave her for his secretary.

After he leaves the home, Midge hits the bottle and ends up at the comedy club where she wanders on stage to deliver a rant that crowd loves. After being arrested after she goes topless during her rant she is carted off to to the police station along with Lenny Bruce.

Midge is then bailed by the worker of the club who is adamant that she will be the next big thing, as Midge contemplates whether to go ahead with becoming a comedian, she bails out Lenny Bruce to ask his opinion which leads her to take the plunge.

The show has a massive Woody Allen vibe to it all, and while it’s predominantly a drama it drags along and only really picks up during Midge does her impromptu set.

4.6/10