FOX: Fall Reviews

By: Tim Holland

BEN AND KATE, played winsomely by Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson, are odd-couple siblings who share a house in this sweet-natured sitcom that generates big laughs due to its sharply-honed script and terrific cast that also includes Maggie Jones from We Bought a Zoo as Kate’s adorable daughter. But what else would you expect from the executive producers behind New Girl? My advice: get acquainted with this charming brother-sister duo when they premiere September 25 at 8:30pm.

THE MINDY PROJECT stars Mindy Kaling of The Office as an OB/GYN who is more interested in finding Mr. Right than she is in taking care of her patients in this comedic misfire that wastes the talents of everyone involved. Perhaps the title says it all: The Mindy Project comes off more as an in-the-works project than a fully-developed idea, let alone comedy. Mindy, the character, is so unlikable it’s difficult to care about her romantic misadventures. To be fair, the series is adding a few new characters that weren’t in the original pilot but, unfortunately, Mindy is still there. My advice: Don’t get involved with this pitiful Project when it premieres September 25 at 9:30pm.

Jordana Spiro stars in THE MOB DOCTOR as a promising young surgeon at a Chicago hospital who is forced to be a part-time off-the-books doctor for the city’s Southside mob in order to erase her brother’s huge gambling debt. Spiro is terrific in the title role, and the pilot is intense, unpredictable and populated with well-rounded characters. My advice: Make an appointment with The Mob Doctor when it premieres on September 17 at 9pm.

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