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Is there an echo in here?

TV insiders have NBC’s Sean Saves the World on the not-long-for-this-world list. I’ve watched the series to date, and I tend to agree.

sean-saves-the-world-tcaIt’s not like the show is short on talent.  Sean Hayes.  Linda Lavin.  The ever whackadoodle Thomas Lennon.

Unfortunately, the writing is not at the same standard.  It seems familiar and dated…and the look on Sean’s face says he knows it.

That’s too bad…especially for the supporting cast members, who are so strong and deserve to be on television.

echo kellumI especially hope that Echo Kellum [left] finds a sitcom worthy of his talents.

He was so funny on the short-lived Ben and Kate on FOX, and now adds his unique comedic timing to Sean’s office.

Give this guy a good show, fates…and keep him around!

Water works

If there was ever any doubt, The Way Way Back confirms:  Steve Carell can really act.

Because in this movie, our favorite nice guy plays an  out-and-out prick.
the way way back


But he’s not the central character in Way Back. 

His girlfriend’s son Duncan is.   The two of them don’t see eye-to-eye, and it makes for an uncomfortable threesome, especially when they go away together for the summer.  Duncan escapes by getting a job at Water Wizz, a local water park, where he finds the acceptance he can’t find at home.

This movie made me smile for a lot of reasons.

Sam Rockwell is a surprising, endearing water park manager and surrogate father to Duncan.  Nat Faxon and Jim Rash — who won an Oscar for The Descendants screenplay — wrote and directed his movie as well…but I was mostly happy to see Nat’s goofy face return to the screen after the egregious cancellation of his sitcom Ben and Kate.  And most of all, it was fun to see a movie about water slides…

…after a weekend of 100 degree weather.  Heaven.