Tonight FOX debuts Running Wilde, one of the most anticipated new comedies of the fall season. Running Wilde is the brainchild of: Will Arnett, Mitch Hurowitz and Jim Vallely, all of Arrested Development fame. A comedy with that pedigree seems like a sure fire hit, right? Unfortunately, Running Wilde leaves a lot to be desired. So what went wrong?
As much as it pains me to say this (because I've always liked the guy and keep in mind I have only seen the pilot), Will Arnett may not be a leading man. A little Arnett goes a long way, and so far it has worked out wonderfully for him. He seems to be an in demand guest star for any buzzed about comedy that is looking for some cred. Running Wilde is Arnett's first attempt at leading man status (in a TV show), and so far the results are mixed. In Running Wilde, Arnett is playing a variation on his 30 Rock character Devon Banks, which is a variation on his Arrested Development character Gob, which I can only believe is a variation of Arnett himself. But in previous shows Arnett was not the lead character, and therefore wasn't around enough to wear on the viewer. Do you really want to sit through 22 minutes of Arnett's trademarked gravely whisper? So far Arnett has really only shown us one type of character: the overly confident (but secretly insecure), yet considerably dim, rich snob. Steven Wilde isn't much different.
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