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Primetime Picks… 2/6/20

Feb 06 Posted by in Features | Comments

Tonight NBC kicks off the new comedy Indebted. Young parents Dave (Adam Pally, Happy Endings) and Rebecca (Abby Elliott, Odd Mom Out) are thrilled that they are finally beyond the years of changing diapers and dealing with crying babies, and are ready to enjoy their married life. However, that quickly changes when Dave’s parents, Debbie (Fran Drescher, The Nanny) and Stew (Steven Webber, Wings), show up at their door. Years of mismanaging their money and spending beyond their means has finally caught up with Dave’s parents, and now they are broke. So while contractor Dave fixes up their home to sell, Debbie and Stew move in with him, and Dave and Rebecca soon discover that they need to act more like the parents to these child-like adults. Also living with them is Dave’s sister Joanna (Jessy Hodges, Barry).

While I wasn’t bowled over by tonight’s premiere, it did make me laugh a bit. Debbie and Stew can be a bit much after a while, but I did really enjoy the chemistry between Dave and Rebecca. The series has a wonderful cast—I am thrilled to have both Fran Descher and Adam Pally back on my TV—and so I’ll withhold final judgement on this show until I see a few more episodes.

In tonight’s premiere “Everybody’s Talking About the Pilot”, young parents Dave and Rebecca end up having to take care of Dave’s parents, who have mishandled their finances and need help to pay down a sizable debt.

 

Tonight CBS is also premiering a new series, the new cop drama Tommy. Abigail “Tommy” Thomas (Edie Falco, The Sopranos) is a high-ranking NYPD officer who moves to Los Angeles to become the city’s first female chief of police, taking over for the former chief (Corbin Bernsen, Psych), who was well-liked, but fired for sexual misconduct. Tommy is well-qualified for this job, but needs to prove herself to all her naysayers, who question her different way of doing things. Always at odds with Tommy is Mayor Buddy Gray (Thomas Sadoski, Life in Pieces), who’s still resentful that a Federal judge made him hire a woman for the job. While she may put on a brave face at work, Tommy’s personal and family life is a complex mess, and she has a lot of burned bridges that need fixing.

This looks like it could be a pretty solid police drama, as long as the show can keep from getting too political or preachy. The series also stars Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black), Adelaide Clemens (Watchmen), Russell G. Jones (Bull), Olivia Lucy Phillip (Bull), Joseph Lyle Taylor (Sneaky Pete), and Vladimir Caamaño (Brooklyn Nine-Nine).

In tonight’s premiere, “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities”, Tommy becomes the first female police chief of Los Angeles.


 

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/recording Grey’s Anatomy, A Million Little Things, Young Sheldon, The Unicorn, Carol’s Second Act, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Will & Grace, Outmatched, Katy Keene, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, The Sinner, and Briarpatch.

For additional suggestions on what to check out tonight, including the season premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and a new episode of Station 19, check out the If We Controlled Your Remote… 2/6/20 post at TVisMyPacifier.com