CALL ME KAT - Season 1, Episode 1 “Plus One”
Call Me Kat is the latest American remake of an acclaimed British television series and unlike The Office which went on to undeniable success, the same certainly can't be predicted for the atrocious reworking of Miranda.
Mayim Bialik breaks the fourth wall so much that she felt like an adult Lizzie McGuire with much more tedious tendencies and tiresome behavior to sit through. Leslie Jordan (of Tik Tok fame) plays a major part in the pilot as Kat's "boyfriend" and pulls in all the successful jokes, although not nearly enough is able to land from him.
All other cast members are merely introduced here with Kat's mother (Swoosie Kurtz), Kat's love interest (Cheyenne Jackson), Kat's friend/employee (Kyla Pratt), Kat's enemy (Schuyler Helford) and some guy named Carter (Julian Grant). It might seem like I know alot about the show but truly I don't at all - these characters showed up and immediately left.
The cold open is a great decider of whether or not a sitcom might be successful, something that landed largely with The Big Bang Theory in its opening minutes and after the first minute of Call Me Kat I came close to walking away for good and sincerely I wish I had. The show uses cliché after cliché as a major crutch, never allowing even a single second of original storytelling to break through, beyond possibly an awkward wave to close out the pilot (seriously a fourth wall breaking wave!) The show lacks well written humor, finesse, all around chemistry and star power - if Call Me Kat proves anything it's that Mayim Bialik is not the anchor this show needs to stay on the air.