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Review of "Splitting
Up Together" 3/28/18 by
airs Tuesdays, 9:30/8:30c on ABC.
This show looked interesting, so I thought I would watch
it. It's about a couple, Lena (Jenna Ficher) and Martin
(Oliver Hudson), whose marriage has become boring, and they
think the only option is divorce. They don't want to
traumatize their three children, so they come up with a
plan. One parent will stay with the kids in the house for a
week, and the other will live in the garage. The two will
switch off this way each week, so they can continue to give
their kids a stable home. The thing, is the audience can
tell that these two still love each other, so you wonder if
they will get back together, or get a divorce. I don't
think the show is very funny. It is warm and loving,
but it isn't funny. I consider it more of a drama than a
comedy. I have yet to see the comedy.
continue to watch and see if Lena and Martin get back
together or get divorced, hoping to see more comedy in
future shows. The cast also needs to find its rhythm and
click together, which often takes a while. I give this show
a 3 out of 5 because it needs work but is still worth
SPLITTING UP TOGETHER
From executive producers Ellen
DeGeneres, Emily Kapnek (“Suburgatory”), Jeff Kleeman
(“Little Big Shots”) and Dean Holland (“Parks and
Recreation”) comes “Splitting Up Together,” the story of
Lena (Jenna Fischer, “The Office”) and Martin (Oliver
Hudson, “Scream Queens”), whose marriage is reignited by
Lena and Martin were once madly in
love. But, like many marriages, time and circumstance
eventually took their toll. Lena, the perfectionist, fell
into the role of caretaker for everyone, including Martin.
Martin felt he could never do anything right and gave up
making the effort. This created a romantic rift between
them. Finding themselves in a platonic marriage and acting
more like a pair of camp counselors wrangling their kids
than a couple hopelessly in love, they decide that
everyone’s lives would be better served if they got a
divorce. Still wanting the best for their three kids and
facing a daunting real estate market, the couple decide not
to sell their house and to “Bird Nest” instead. One parent
will live in the house as the “on-duty” parent taking care
of the kids, while the “off-duty” parent will live in the
detached garage, doing whatever he or she pleases. They will
switch off every other week.
Their kids, 7-year-old Milo (Sander Thomas), 14-year-old
pre-pubescent Mason (Van Crosby) and 15-year-old feminist
Mae (Olivia Keville), seem to be taking the divorce in
stride. While Lena, the consummate caretaker, has to learn
to loosen her reigns, Martin, who has always taken a
backseat when it comes to parenting, needs to learn how to
step up his game.
Then there are Lena and Martin’s married friends, Camille
(Lindsay Price) and Arthur (Bobby Lee). Camille, stunning
and way out of Arthur’s league, is sad to lose their best
couple friends. Arthur, aware he married up, begins to
question the stability of his own marriage when his friends’
falls apart. And Lena’s sister, Maya (Diane Farr), a serial
dater who often gets in her own way due to her terrible
taste in men, thinks that her sister is too rigid and needs
to chill out if she’s ever going start dating again.
As Lena begins to dip her toes into the dating waters,
Martin begins to see his own culpability in his marriage
falling apart. When Martin realizes that it all began when
he refused to dance with Lena at their wedding, he wants to
atone for it. He secretly takes dance lessons to surprise
Lena by dancing with her on what would be their upcoming
wedding anniversary. Could being apart ultimately lead to
them getting back together?
“Splitting Up Together” stars Jenna Fischer as Lena,
Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as
Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van
Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.
Mette Heeno, Mie Andreasen and Hella Joof are also
executive producers, along with DeGeneres, Kapnek, Kleeman
and Holland, of “Splitting Up Together,” which is based on
the original Danish series of the same name created by
Heeno. The series is produced by A Very Good Production and
Piece of Pie Productions in association with Warner Bros.
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