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"The Great Indoors" review by Eva Diaz  10/29/16
Airs Thursdays, 8:30/7:30pm on CBS

I love sitcoms, so when the fall season arrives, I always watch all of the shows that look funny, either based on the advertising, or from watching the actors promote them on talk shows. I thought this show would be interesting, but looks can be very deceiving.

Joel McHale (The Soup, Community) plays Jack, a reporter for an outdoor magazine, who must now become the boss of a very young group of millennials, when the magazine owners decide to change the magazine from print to digital. Jack is not computer-savvy, so the younger group helps him learn about the newer technology.  In turn, Jack helps his young reporters learn that there is more to life then the Internet. The premise sounds funny, but I thought the show was boring because you could see the jokes coming a mile away, and the cast had no comedic timing with each other. I don't think this show will last very long, unless the writting improves and the cast gets more comfortable with each other. In the pilot, it seemed like the cast was rushing to get to the punch lines of the jokes without pausing for the laugh track to tell us when to laugh.

I give this show 1 out of 5 stars because I would only watch it if there was nothing else to watch on TV, or if I had insomnia and wanted to go to sleep. It just goes to show that you can't judge a sitcom by its advertising.

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THE GREAT INDOORS stars Joel McHale in a comedy about a renowned adventure reporter for an outdoor magazine who must adapt to the times when he becomes the desk-bound boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the publication. Jack has led a thrilling “outdoorsy” life exploring the edges of the earth while chronicling his adventures for Outdoor Limits. But his globe-trotting days end when the magazine’s charismatic founder and outdoor legend, Roland announces the publication’s move to web-only and assigns Jack to supervise their online team of “journalists.” Jack’s eager 20-something colleagues include Clark, a tech nerd who knows everything about surviving on Mars and a zombie apocalypse; Emma, their social media expert who views Jack as the human version of dial-up; and Mason, a hipster-lumberjack who hasn’t spent any actual time outside. Jack reports to Roland’s daughter, Brooke, an ex-flame who caters to the sensitive staffers by giving them all trophies just for working hard. Jack’s best friend, Eddie, runs the local dive bar that’s popular with the younger set and helps Jack “decode” his co-workers. Jack is baffled by the world of click-bait and listicles, but if he’s patient, he may be able to show these kids that the outside world is much more than something on a screen…if he doesn’t beat them with their selfie-sticks first.

Premieres Thursday, Oct. 27 on the CBS Television Network

ON AIR: Thursdays (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT)

ORIGINATION: Los Angeles

FORMAT: Comedy (Filmed in HD)

STARRING:

Joel McHale

(Jack)

 

Christopher Mintz-Plasse

(Clark)

 

Susannah Fielding

(Brooke)

 

Chris Williams

(Eddie)

 

Christine Ko

(Emma)

 

Shaun Brown

(Mason)

 

AND:

Stephen Fry

(Roland)

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Mike Gibbons, Chris Harris and Andy Ackerman

PRODUCED BY: CBS Television Studios

Official CBS Website: http://www.cbs.com/shows/the-great-indoors

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatIndoors

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreatIndoorsCBS

Instagram: https://instagram.com/greatindoorscbs

CBS Twitter: @CBSTweet

Cast and Executive Producers on Twitter:

Joel McHale

@joelmchale

Christopher Mintz-Plasse

@mintzplasse

Susannah Fielding

@Misssusannahf

Chris Williams

@chris.williams_

Christine Ko

@christine_ko

Shaun Brown

@shaunbrown

Mike Gibbons

@GibbonsTime

Cast on Instagram:

Joel McHale

@joelmchale

Christopher Mintz-Plasse

@mintzplasse

Chris Williams

@chris.williams_

Christine Ko

@christine_ko

Shaun Brown

@shaunbrown


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