Review: Romantically Challenged ~ A “Pittsburgh” Based Sitcom? The Red Foam Finger Stuck Out Like a Sore Thumb!

1 May

Romantically Challenged (Alyssa Milano’s new ABC sitcom, “set in Pittsburgh”) is … cute. Mildly cute.

However, for being set in Pittsburgh, it doesn’t “feel” very…. “Pittsburgh” to me.

First of all, the city has only been mentioned once (that I could count) in two episodes. (Last week, a waiter said he was returning to his previous job with the Pittsburgh Police Department.) That’s fine and all, but, when they show fleeting outdoors shots, it doesn’t “look” like Pittsburgh to me, either.

Why “set” a series in a city if you aren’t going to “play into” that city?

(Additionally, to me, the show is trying too hard to be “Friends”, which, it clearly isn’t. There IS a coffee-shop hangout. There ISN’T the Rachel-Ross-Phoebe-Monica-Chandler-Joey chemistry and humor.)

It’s just … somehow LACKING to me. I feel like that if the show could really bring some LIFE and some CHARACTER into it, really SHOW people what Pittsburgh IS, then it may have a chance at being a success. (Since it IS ‘based’ in Pittsburgh, and all….supposedly.)

To me, it just doesn’t seem to have the right type of humor, the right type of camaraderie, the right type of characters. Something seems a little off.

The coffee shop is not “hometown” enough. The taxis throw me off. The red foam finger in the last episode was all wrong. What Pittsburgh team is RED? Why would someone living in Pittsburgh have a RED foam finger? Grr.

The whole thing just reeks of L.A people.-displaced-in-NY-pretending-to-be-in-Pittsburgh.

The show has a chance…maybe. Alyssa Milano is ADORABLE. But, ehh….I dunno. Mediocre at best?

Maybe they should cast some REAL Pittsburghers in it and show ’em how it’s DONE in Da’ Burgh!!!!! 🙂

Thoughts?

2 Responses to “Review: Romantically Challenged ~ A “Pittsburgh” Based Sitcom? The Red Foam Finger Stuck Out Like a Sore Thumb!”

  1. Elizabeth May 1, 2010 at 8:15 pm #

    “Friends” also had a decidedly New York feel. Obviously the producers/writers/whoever decided after the fact that they needed to pick a city in which to set the sitcom. Why not Pittsburgh? Have any actually been to Pittsburgh? Probably not. And that would be the reason why the show is so clueless.

    • glitzburgh ™ May 2, 2010 at 10:05 am #

      I agree “why not Pittsburgh” – but, if that’s the case, they need to do their research 😉

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