Produced by Whitney Cummings, who’s also producing and starring in the trite Whitney on NBC, and directed by the stellar James Burrows, 2 Broke Girls should be great, but does not deliver.
The set-up is that two 20-something women, Caroline (Beth Behrs) and Max (Kat Dennings), end up as diner waitresses, Caroline because her family lost all its money and Max because she never had any to begin with.
The show is full of diner clichés. Their boss is a short Asian man whose name is Bryce Lee (get it, close to Bruce Lee?). Another character is a slovenly, lecherous chef named Oleg whose nationality is yet another example. Max’s boyfriend is a jerk who cheats on her, so she throws him out. Garrett Morris is the diner cashier who tries, but fails to be funny.
The gags in this show don’t work and the fish out of water story line is old, tired and lifeless. So is Max, the down and out character who acts like a bitter shrew. The girlfriends/besties story might work and there may be improvement as the two women work towards their goal of opening a cupcake shop, but I’m not betting on it.
Whitney Cummings must have thought she was having a really good year with both shows going on the air at once, but somehow I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure the 2011/12 TV season will end in disappointment for her.