With the former, I’m pleasantly surprised to see a non-white lead in what seems to be a dramedy. It wasn’t essential to have more of the show as presented, for me. Yet, I’m definitely intrigued in a number of ways about how marriage, family, suburbia, friendships & secrets are all juggled (here). That it’s set in Chicago is a bonus. I want more, yes. I’ll live without it though too. So 3 of 5 stars.
With the latter, I saw a few poo-pooing the 80s accuracy or such clicking around earlier. Not sure I care about that so much or even expect it. Granted, I do remember a good deal of it. Instead, I’m wanting solid writing and performances on BOTH sides of the camera. This seems like it most certainly could deliver on that. And I’m left wanting more of this ‘chemistry’
Hope to watch the other three pilots soon. Perhaps on the television set proper (vs. big iMac monitor).
UPDATE: Watched Cosmopolitans. Like most elements, save for the pipsqueak and pothead rivalry. Feels off or just ugh to me. The snootiness of Vicki Frazier is curious and of the milieu, yet not all that appealing either. The song choices are curiously delicious and nothing like I’ve heard before with such a setting as this. Brody has some guy allure/appeal – good for him. I could watch more, though it’d be an effort based on what’s here. More likely to want to rejoin for Episode #4 or such when it’s rolling, and maybe one or both these 2ndary dude are GONE.
So two more left, though they’re hour-length pieces. So another time for them.