STUDIO: 20th TV/Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: Justin Adler (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep)
LOGLINE: A single-camera comedy that follows the daily ups and downs of one multigenerational family, but is told in four independent, short stories.
CAST: Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, Thomas Sadoski, Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister Jones, Angelique Cabral, Dan Bakkedahl
Do you remember that family sitcom Modern Family? Of course you do! It's one of the most popular sitcoms currently on air. If you tune into CBS' new sitcom Life in Pieces, the first thing you will think is 'hey, this reminds me of Modern Family!'. And it seems as though that's exactly what writer/executive producer Justin Adler and executive producer Aaron Kaplan to think.
The second thing you will notice is how big the cast of the show is. There are eight main characters to meet in the pilot episode and all are meant to have their own quirks, stories and relationships which intertwine to create an overall story.
Although Life in Pieces has a few funny moments, I feel as though this show is merely emmy bait. Some aspects of the pilot are more depressing and tiring to watch than entertaining, like James Brolin hosting his own funeral. I won't be surprised if CBS suffer through bad ratings in order to gain a few primetime emmy nods next year. A show does not need to be popular in order to win lots of awards, which is all well and good because I doubt this raunchy, blunt comedy will manage to find an audience in CBS' packed schedule.
One thing which is striking about this show is that it is produced by 20th Century FOX. As networks start to greenlight more shows from sister studios rather an outside studios, the fact that CBS has given Life in Pieces a fall berth and a good place on the schedule suggests the network's confidence in the show. However, maybe the show would be even more appreciated on FOX, which has struggled to find a hit comedy as of late. New Girl was a hit for the first season or two, apart from that, FOX has lost its unique brand for progressive, unique comedies. If Life in Pieces happened to premiere on FOX in Fall 2007, before Modern Family I'm sure it would have been a hit.