10 New Shows We're Worried About After Upfronts 2012
'Elementary,' 'The Neighbors' and 'Mob Doctor' are among the shows that have us on edge
"1600 Penn" (NBC)
Why we're worried: NBC believes they've found a breakout star in "Book of Mormon" Tony nominee Josh Gad, who co-created this White House-set dysfunctional family comedy and stars as the President's disaster-prone son. Anyone who's seen Gad's utterly obnoxious turn in "Love and Other Drugs" has legitimate cause for concern about that, and those fears won't be assuaged by the show's comedically-challenged promo. And while it's initially amusing to see "Independence Day" star Bill Pullman back in Presidential mode, is he actually a good fit for weekly TV comedy?
Why it could still end up OK: If the series can somehow find a middle ground between its obvious "Modern Family" influences (director Jason Winer helmed both pilots) and smart government-set comedies like "Parks and Recreation" and "Veep," it may turn out to be a lot better -- and smarter -- than it looks.
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