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'Guys With Kids' review: NBC's broad comedy needs to get more focused

Earlier this summer, NBC chief Bob Greenblatt said part of his mission in reviving the network would be to "broaden" its comedy brand beyond the small but loyal audience that watches shows like "Community" and "Parks and Recreation."That is, of course, his job: NBC and its cohorts are called broadcast networks for a reason. The problem is that "broad" can also be code for "dumb" -- the thinking being that by going for the easiest jokes and most obvious character beats, a comedy can bring in the widest audience. There's ample evidence of that formula working throughout television history, but broad and smart can work too: See "Modern Family," or "The Big Bang Theory," or "New Girl." NBC may even have a show like that this season in "Go On," which opened to pretty solid ratings.NBC also, however, has "Guys With Kids," which is airing its pilot episode at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday (Sept. 12)...


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