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Fred Willard is getting ready to do his best Dustin Hoffman.Willard, most recently seen on the small screen in Back to You, will be guesting in two episodes of CBS' new comedy Meet the Fockers Worst Week, EW reports. He will be playing the father of Sam (Kyle Bornheimer), and he and his wife (Connie Ray) will be stopping by to meet the mom and pop of Sam's fiancée as the couple finalizes their wedding arrangements.Willard's episodes will air later in the fall. Adam Bryant
Question: I can't believe you picked Worst Week as the season's best new comedy. I loathed it just from the description in your magazine, and the clips shown on the CBS season preview show just solidified my opinion. Maybe it's true that arrested adolescent slapstick appeals more to males than to females.
Answer: Whoa, generalize much? Physical humor is a time-honored tradition dating back at least to Chaplin and Keaton. And while I'd hardly put Worst Week on that level, what distinguishes this show from, say, Three Stooges-level pie-throwing lunacy is that Worst Week gives you some reason to care about these characters, especially the luckless everyman played by newcomer Kyle Bornheimer. The stunts are ridiculous and borderline tasteless, not unlike the sort of thing you'd see in big movie hits like Meet the Parents and There's Something About Mary, but what might bring some women into the tent is the fact that this guy isn't a jerk. He obviously loves his fiancée, and he truly wants
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CBS was the only network this year to provide screeners for all its new shows, which they presented on Friday. Here's my quick take on them. Mickey O'ConnorWorst WeekThe premise: Sam (Kyle Bornheimer) tries to impress his future in-laws with disastrous results.It's like: Meet the Parents almost exactly like that, in fact, although it's actually based on a British series.My take: I found the pilot to be very funny, and Bornheimer's comic timing to be excellent, but I wonder how enjoyable it will be to watch Sam demoralize himself on a weekly basis.Eleventh HourThe premise: Jacob Hood (Rufus Sewell) is a special scientific advisor to the FBI who lends his particular skills to criminal investigations.It's like: Well, we know what it's not like. "This is a science fact show, not a science fiction show," says executive producer Ethan Reiff (who also wrote Showtime's Sleeper Cell).My take: Well, Jerry Bruckheimer is involved, which is a good sign, but after watching a...
If the season opener of CSI is any indicationCBS gave critics screeners of the episode this weekWilliam Petersen is going to get quite the emotional workout in his final 10 episodes as a series regular. He gives one of his strongest performances to date as he grapples with the aftermath of the climactic shooting of Warrick (Gary Dourdan) in last seasons cliffhanger shocker. The episode also brings Jorja Foxs Sara (looking softer and prettier) back into the picture, at least temporarily.CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler, kicking off CBSs portion of the fall-season TCA press tour on Friday morning, spent much of her session explaining the new character who will be introduced to eventually take over the team. Described by Tassler as an outsider coming into the CSI unit
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