We aren't dreading 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Flash Forward' and 'Melrose Place,' but...
CBS' 'Accidentally on Purpose'
"Accidentally on Purpose"
Monday nights at 8:30 p.m. on CBS
From What We've Seen: Impetuous one-night-stand leads to a mismatched long-term partnership between two people who, by any rights, shouldn't be spending any time together at all? Well, say this for Jenna Elfman, after a string of failed vehicles ("Courting Alex" as the only one to actually make it onto the air), she's sensibly moved back to "Dharma & Greg" territory. But there's a twist! This time, she's the Greg! In CBS' clip package, Elfman's character, a journalist who becomes pregnant by a much younger man and decides to keep both the baby and the younger guy in her life, comes across as network TV's latest attempt to capitalize on what is perceived to be a "cougar" trend. There's nothing wrong with the idea, but Elfman's over-acting so badly that every punchline acquires an air of desperation. Even with "How I Met Your Mother" veteran Pamela Fryman directing, the tone seems like a dismal match for its "HIMYM" lead-in. Credit where credit's due, though: The young guy's circle of friends appears to include possibly two minority actors. Given the generalized whiteness of CBS' Monday comedy block, that's something, at least. Still, if we absolutely, positively are forced to look forward to one fall sitcom about cougars starring a '90s TV favorite, we're going with ABC's "Cougar Town."