We aren't dreading 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Flash Forward' and 'Melrose Place,' but...
Friday nights at 8 p.m. on FOX
From What We've Seen: FOX's ongoing track record with live-action, multi-camera comedies is dismal, which is one bad sign. A worse sign, though, is that more than half of the jokes in FOX's clip package and subsequent advertisements revolve around one of two things: The fact that Daryl "Chill" Mitchell is wheelchair-bound and the fact that Michael Strahan has a prominent gap between his front two teeth. At least six punchlines in the clips we've seen focus on those two broad targets and even if that's the full extent for the entire pilot, that's just lazy, lazy writing. And it isn't that Mitchell isn't funny or that Strahan isn't surprisingly adroit as a comic personage or that CCH Pounder and Carl Weathers aren't several kinds of excellent, but all four may be deserving of something better than a sloppy vehicle FOX has honored with a Friday night time slot with the unkillable "Til Death." If we're known by the company we keep, "Brothers" would be better off almost any place else. All of that said, will "Brothers" and "The Cleveland Show" be the fall's only shows with predominantly African-American casts? Maybe we should be supporting it after all.