16 March 2008
Amy Sherman Palladino’s new Fox sitcom The Return of Jezebel James premiered this week with back to back episodes. The show was pretty good. It was no Gilmore girls and certainly had its failings (some of the comedy was a little forced, Parker Posey is a little too much in the lead role of Sarah) but overall the first 2 episodes made for an enjoyable hour of TV. Lauren Ambrose (Coco), in particular, is wonderful; you could really see her theatre background coming through in the sitcom format more than you could on Six Feet Under. She was the best part of the show in my opinion (though I came into the show a big fan of hers and may be a bit biased). Scott Cohen is also a lot of fun. While he is playing a very Max Medina-like character so far, he’s thoroughly charming and I hope we get to see a lot of him. And Diane Wiest (playing Sarah and Coco’s mother)… I love her. Sarah’s assistant shows a lot of promise as a character as well. Overall the show is good (just not great): charming, sweet and clever in a Gilmore girl-less world. I’ll continue to watch until Fox prematurely cancels it (come on, it’s FOX, you know it’s coming).