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Fam's Dobrev, Adlon and Bell 

Review of "Fam" 1/14/19 by Eva Diaz
airs Thursdays 9:30/8:30c on CBS

I liked the commercials for this show, so I thought I would watch it to see how it is. The show centers around Clem (Nina Debrov, formerly of "The Vampire Diaries") and her fiancée, Nick (comedian Tone Bell), who are deeply in love. She is very close with his family, but she doesn't have much family of her own. She had a hard life (growing up without a mom) and got into trouble in her teenage years because her father Freddy (Gary Cole) was never around. Her relationship with him is so difficult that she's lied to Nick and his parents that her father is dead. One day, her flaky estranged half-sister Shannon (Odessa Adlon) arrives at her house. She tells Clem that she's dropped out of school and can't stand living with their father anymore because he doesn't care about her. Nick and his family find out that Freddy is alive after all, and how awful he is. Clem persuades Nick to allow Shannon to live with them because she doesn't want her sister making the same mistakes she did when she was a teenager.

I think this show needs a little work because the cast doesn't quite gel yet like it should in a good comedy. However, Debrov has the acting chops to show all of the layers they're giving her here. Adlon is great in her role and steals the show. Cole is always fantastic, and he gets to play a real sleazeball here as her dad. Also, they need to take advantage of comedy veterans Sheryl Lee Ralph (Rose) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Walt), who play Nick's parants. They're very funny together; I hope in future shows they will use them more to take on grandparent roles for Shannon, and to help Clem and Nick with advice on how to get Shannon on the right track. I will keep watching this show, hoping it will get better because it has potential. I give it 3 out of 5 stars

MORE INFORMATION:

NINA DOBREV AND TONE BELL STAR IN A NEW COMEDY ABOUT A WOMAN WHOSE VISION OF A PERFECT LIFE WITH HER ADORING FIANCÉ IS RADICALLY ALTERED WHEN HER 16-YEAR-OLD HALF-SISTER UNEXPECTEDLY COMES TO LIVE WITH THEM, ON THE SERIES PREMIERE OF “FAM,” THURSDAY, JAN. 10

Odessa Adlon, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Brian Stokes Mitchell Also Star

Gary Cole Guest Stars as Clem and Shannon’s Father, Freddy

Pilot” – Nina Dobrev and Tone Bell star in a new comedy about Clem (Dobrev), a woman whose vision of a perfect life with her adoring fiancé, Nick (Bell), and his wonderful family is radically altered when her 16-year-old, out-of-control half-sister, Shannon (Odessa Adlon), unexpectedly comes to live with them, on the series premiere of FAM, Thursday, Jan. 10 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Sheryl Lee Ralph and Brian Stokes Mitchell also star. Gary Cole guest stars as Clem’s father, Freddy.

Clem’s upbringing and teen years left a lot to be desired, but she pulled herself up and built a fantastic life – great job, terrific apartment and an amazing fiancé, Nick, a college professor from a well-to-do “normal” family. Nick’s warm and supportive parents, Rose (Sheryl Lee Ralph) and Walt (Brian Stokes Mitchell), embrace Clem and complete the family she always wanted. But when Clem’s wild-child half-sister, Shannon, appears on their doorstep to escape their train wreck of a dad, Nick agrees that Clem can help her avoid all the mistakes she made, and they invite her to move in. As the family Clem chose and the family she has blend, Clem realizes that this happy fam may be the perfection she’s been seeking.

REGULAR CAST:

Nina Dobrev

(Clem)

Tone Bell

(Nick)

Odessa Adlon

(Shannon)

Sheryl Lee Ralph

(Rose)

Brian Stokes Mitchell

(Walt)

RECURRING CAST:

Gary Cole

(Freddy)

GUEST CAST:

Brendan Calton

(Evan)

Billy Malone

(Officer Lopez)

WRITTEN BY: Corinne Kingsbury

DIRECTED BY: Scott Ellis

GENRE: Comedy

Website: https://www.cbs.com/shows/fam/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FamCBS

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/famcbs/

CBS Twitter: https://twitter.com/CBSTweet

Cast and Crew on Twitter:

Nina Dobrev

@ninadobrev

Tone Bell

@tonebell

Odessa Adlon

@odessaadlon

Sheryl Lee Ralph

@thesherylralph

Brian Stokes Mitchell

@bstokesmitchell

Cast and Crew on Instagram:

Nina Dobrev

@nina

Tone Bell

@tonebell

Odessa Adlon

@odessaadlon

Sheryl Lee Ralph

@diva3482

Brian Stokes Mitchell

@brianstokesm


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