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"Clipped" review by Suzanne
Premieres Tuesday, June 16 at 10/9c on TBS
TBS generally has two kinds of sitcoms. Bland,
somewhat-likable shows like "Your Family" and "Men at Work"
or really awful shows like "Sullivan & Son." This new
show, "Clipped," is somewhere between those in quality. It's
not as awful as "Sullivan & Son," but it's certainly not as
good as "Men at Work," either. I truly enjoyed that one and
laughed at it. It was amusing if not outright funny.
"Clipped" is about a group of barbers and stylists in a
Boston hair salon. These people all grew up together and
went to high school together, aside from the really old guy
(played by "Cheers"' George Wendt), and they're in a really
bad neighborhood. (Do white people live in neighborhoods
this bad in Boston? I don't know...)
Each character is a stereotype. You have two old gay
guys, a stupid guy, a ditzy woman, a jerk boss, the
wise-cracking black girl (who's also Jewish), and the two
attractive young white people that we hope fall in love....ZZZZZZ.
Oh, sorry, I nodded off there for a minute. Everyone
over-acts with rolling and widening eyes, and grand
gestures, and telegraphing every line before it happens (not
that the dialogue is all that funny or subtle). We see
Wendt's character arguing about sports with another large
old guy (this one black and in a police uniform), and they
look like they're about to get into a fight. It's pretty
obvious that instead, they kiss. They're married. Big shock.
It's 2015. Is this really a shock any more?
I feel bad for Wendt, who's such a great actor and comic,
that he has to appear in this awful show. I'm interviewing
him in a few days, but I won't mention that...maybe the show
will get better. Who knows? TBS is pretty good about not
canceling their sitcoms for a few years, so it will probably
be around a while. If your idea of a good laugh is "The
McCarthys" or "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," then you
might like this one.
TBS Clipped Premieres Tuesday, June 16 at
EPISODE 1: PILOT When barber/aspiring professional baseball
player A.J. Salerno (Mike Castle) gets a phone call from a
sports agent wanting to meet with him, he tells his co-worker
Danni (Ashley Tisdale) that this is the big break he’s been
waiting for, and his barber days will soon be behind him.
Meanwhile, the owner of the barbershop, Ben (Ryan Pinkston), is
determined to fire one of his employees -- Buzzy (George Wendt),
Mo (Matt Cook), Joy (Lauren Lapkus), or Charmaine (Diona
Reasonova) -- to avoid paying an insurance premium increase.
George Wendt is star of TBS's new comedy series Clipped. Wendt
a six-time Emmy nominee entertained audiences for years as
"Norm" on the legendary sitcom Cheers makes his
return to Boston as the namesake of the local Boston
barbershop called "Buzzy's".
Wendt stars alongside Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical),Mike
Castle (Family Trap), Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the
New Black), Ryan Pinkston (Tower Prep), Diona
Reasonover (Swadhisthana), and Matt Cook(True
Blood) The multi-camera comedy centers on a group of
coworkers who all went to high school together but ran in
very different crowds. Now they find themselves working
together at Buzzy's, a barbershop that was recently bought
by one-time loser Ben (Pinkston). Since taking over the
establishment, Ben has become the boss to many of his old
classmates and he's not afraid to flaunt his more powerful
Ben's staff at Buzzy's includes Mo (Cook), his best friend
and total opposite. Mo sees the best in people, which
explains why he’s been able to put up with Ben since
childhood. Also working at Buzzy's are A.J. Salerno
(Castle), the popular kid who was once a great baseball
player until a shoulder injury pulled him out of the game
and into the barber shop; Danni (Tisdale), who could be
doing bigger things with her life if she weren't too busy
trying to figure out if a fling with A.J. on prom night
means they're more than just friends; and Joy (Lapkus), the
eternally optimistic receptionist and the object of Mo’s
affections…even though she’s already taken.
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