TCA: CBS Brand Of Comedy Continues To Baffle Critics With New ‘Friends With Better Lives’

Friends With Better LivesTV critics tend not to like CBS comedies – even the ones not created by Chuck Lorre – when they first come on the scene, and only occasionally after they become ratings hits (see The Big Bang Theory), so itTCA wasn’t entirely surprising when they lit into Friends With Better Lives during its Q&A at Winter TV Press Tour 2014.

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“In the pilot everybody seems pretty miserable,” one critic noted of the multi-cam ensemble comedy from Dana Klein, about a group of 30-something friends who each think the other has it better, that’s getting the plum post-How I Met Your Mother Finale premiere slot in March.

“Is this going to get somewhat friendlier — everyone seems very unhappy,” the critic reiterated. Klein explained there is no “right” better life – that working women envy stay-at-home moms and vice versa, and how, in the show, one week the better life might seem to be that of the single woman who dates, but the next week it might be the couple with kids. It was the press tour equivalent of tossing breadcrumbs to piranha. Read More »

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‘Friends With Better Lives’ Gets Series Order At CBS

By | Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 3:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has given a series order to multi-camera comedy pilot Friends With Better Lives, which I hear CBS topper Les Moonves, who developed Friends back in his Warner Bros. days, had been … Read More »

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James Van Der Beek To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Friends With Better Lives’

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

James Van Der BeekDon’t Trust The B— In Apt. 23 co-star James Van Der Beek has been tapped as a lead in Dana Klein’s CBS comedy pilot Friends With Better Lives, which is directed by James … Read More »

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