'Running Wilde' (9:30PM ET Tuesday, Fox) may have been the most anticipated comedy of the new season, at least among TV nerds.
The show's co-creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, created one of the most beloved comedies of all time, the absurd and wonderful 'Arrested Development.' 'Running Wilde' reunites him with former 'AD' actors Will Arnett and David Cross, so what could possibly go wrong?
A lot, it turns out.
There are a few structural problems that bedevil 'Running Wilde,' but foremost among them is the miscasting of Keri Russell.
Russell plays Emmy Kadubic, an environmental activist who, in events that transpire in the show's pilot, comes to live with (or rather, near) her childhood friend, Steven Wilde (Arnett). Wilde is a rich, petulant man-child who is surrounded by servants in his vast mansion, where he's occasionally visited by another bored playboy, Fa'ad Shaoulian (Peter Serafinowicz).
Russell's character is problematic for a few reasons. First, though Russell is competent as a dramatic actress, comedy is not her forte and her brand of earnestness severely undercuts the wry tone the show is going for.
Second, she has no discernible chemistry with Arnett, and for the romantic-comedy aspects of the show to work, viewers have to be at least a little invested in whether Steven and Emmy get together.
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