"I met him in that park where that kid found that hand" may be the funniest line every uttered on Arrested Development. Great to see that show has lost no momentum whatsoever.

Kitched Confidentital and How I Met Your Mother are both on tape, but it's good to hear KC was enoyable. (My girlfriend is skeptical, but she's skeptical of EVERY new show, even My Name Is Earl, and she's in love with Jason Lee.)

Joey Jo-Jo at September 20, 2005 10:30 AM

Kitchen Confidential suprised me. I love Bradley Cooper, but I wasn't sure how I was going to like him being someone other than Will from Alias. I thought it was pretty funny and original for a pilot. I'll give it a chance.

How I Met Your Mother - love Alyson Hannigan. Her character reminds me less of Willow and more of her American Pie character, very funny. It's a pretty good sitcom type show, I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. I'm going to give it a chance before I judge. Neil Patrick Harris' character is a tad overdone - if they tone him down a little, it would be better. I'm waiting to see how the show develops. So far, ok.

maddie at September 20, 2005 10:32 AM

Entertainment Weekly preferred How I Met Your Mother to Kitchen Confidential but since I only have a single tuner I went with KC.

The whole cast is total eye candy but I thought it brought the funny, too. James King was rather good (now THAT'S five words I never thought I would have ever strung together). And it was nice to see Bitty Schramm or whatever her name is. I miss Sharona on Monk.

That kid from Freaks & Geeks grew up pretty nicely, huh?

brian w at September 20, 2005 11:18 AM

Bitty Schramm is forever the "THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL" girl to me.

freakgirl at September 20, 2005 11:22 AM

THAT'S why she looked familiar. Thank you, freakgirl, that had been driving me insane.

I also loved it. I lurve Bradley Cooper and I think he's pretty darn good at bringing the funny. Poor Xander didn't get to say more than like, three words though.

Athena714 at September 20, 2005 11:43 AM

Oooh...How I Met Your Mother--*so* bad. All the characters seemed so flat and one-dimensional to me, even Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris, who were the reasons I watched the pilot. The conceit for the show's setup (telling your kids in the future about how you met their mother) just seemed dopey and contrived to me, without adding any humor. HIMYM is the first TiVo season pass casualty for me this season.

Chris at September 20, 2005 12:08 PM

AD-- brilliant as expected.

KC was pretty watchable. It was a lot of less-than-believable backstory to go through in a pilot, but they handled it alright. John Cho will forever be-- no, not Harold-- the guy from House who likes being choked by a dominatrix and has an infected jaw. We'll see how it handles its sophomore episode; that'll be the real key to whether I keep tuning in.

patrick at September 20, 2005 12:33 PM

Bitty Shram is also in Felicity, when Javier goes to school and she's in one of his classes and has a crush on him. She was darling then, too.

I agree with Maddie on How I Met Your Mother. It was semi-cute, like MAY have potential, I will give it one more show. But wasn't the best thing ever. After next week I will try KC. I gotta show some buffy love one way or another!

emily at September 20, 2005 01:18 PM

I really enjoyed Kitchen confidential. Bradley Cooper is the love of my life, but I think I would have liked it even if he wasn't. It was funny and clever and surprising.

Taylor at September 20, 2005 02:11 PM

I just read that John Cho was written out of the show after the first episode. Sorry, Patrick.

freakgirl at September 20, 2005 02:47 PM

I was disappointed with Kitchen Confidential. I wanted to like it -- good cast, promising set-up -- but something was missing.

JZ at September 20, 2005 03:03 PM

Bitty was also Sharona on "Monk" for several seasons....

The biggest problem with "How I Met" has to be the laugh track. That's an instant turn-off for me and does nothing but make a show less-funny. But I might be able to overlook it if the show were genuinely funny, and I don't think it was. "Kitchen" will remain the season pass for that timeslot...

Rain at September 20, 2005 04:55 PM

John Cho certainly wasn't a make-or-break character for me. It just amused me that my first thought upon seeing him was "asphyxophilia". Even though he's playing a seafood genius or whatever.

patrick at September 20, 2005 06:15 PM

Sometimes a sitcom reaches the point where you just love it and the characters so much that you're laughing at every little expression and double-take. It's hilarious but it almost doesn't even have to be? Arrested Development hit that for me last night.

Michael at September 20, 2005 06:53 PM

We just watched HIMYM tonight, and I guess I'll give it another few episodes. What's tricky is that I saw way too many commercials for this one -- to the extent that nearly none of the critical jokes were new to me. So that sucked. And while I can see that the writing was clunky in spots, I really thought Doogie's character brought on the funny. And the ending was very clever. So as I say, I'll watch it a few more times before I make a decision.

But Arrested Development and Kitchen Confidential are already keepers.

GeekBoy at September 20, 2005 10:48 PM

AD - Loved it. I tore through the season 1 DVDs about a week or so ago and am anxiously awaiting season 2 on 10/11. imoscar.com! Awesome.

KC - Chose to watch HIMYM instead since I heard some good EW buzz and the ad for KC made it look kind of dumb. I will probably watch KC next week because...

HIMYM - A little too sweet for me, I think. The laugh track was way obvious, especially coming off of AD. Doogie was annoying me, but so did Chandler at the beginning of Friends. Next week's KC will help me decide if I come back to this.

I missed My Name Is Earl last night - anyone see it? Oh and wow, LOST premieres tonight, doesn't it?!

gina at September 21, 2005 11:05 AM
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