RUNNING WILDE ''Pilot'' Review


This week Fox premiered its latest show RUNNING WILDE. The premise involves a spoiled wealthy very immature playboy Steve Wilde (Will Arnett) who spends his time attempting to one up his rich spoiled neighbor Fa'ad. The other main character is Steve's childhood love Emmy (Keri Russell), a humanitarian who lives with her daughter, Puddle, and her fiance, Andy (David Cross), in a rainforest in Peru.


The similarities between Running Wilde and Arrested Development, a show dear to my heart, goes beyond the fact that it shares two of its actors, Will Arnett and David Cross. Like Arrested Development, Running Wilde is a half hour show narrated by one of the characters. In Arrested Development it was the son, played by Jason Bateman. Here it is Emmy's daughter, Puddle, who narrates. The twist is that in the show itself Puddle doesn't speak at all.


The pilot episode seemed a bit fast paced and rushed to both introduce us to the characters and to reunite Steve and Emmy who were techinically continents apart. In fact, quite a lot was accomplished in the half hour show. Steve, feeling bad that he does nothing but spend money, gives himself a humanitarian award and a party where he was going to present the award to himself. Of course, a major goal is to get Emmy to notice him and return from Peru for the award party.


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