Snap judgment: 'What About Brian'

151456__sarahdaphne_lMaybe it’s just that going through Grey’s Anatomy withdrawal put me in a cranky mood, but I had a hard time differentiating last night’s premiere of What About Brian from a Pottery Barn ad. Nearly every scene was a study in fetching home furnishings, and the characters all looked super-purdy sitting out on that sun-kissed deck toasting to friendship and life and whatnot, but with so many overly familiar story arcs — nice guy falls for arrogant best friend’s girlfriend; couple with kids can’t find time for sex; ”wacky” new girlfriend acts out in ways you’d only ever see on TV — I’m surprised the soundtrack didn’t include the 2001 Sunshine Anderson hit, ”Heard It All Before.” That’s not to say I didn’t get one whopper of a surprise from Brian, though: For weeks, I’ve been watching promos for the ABC drama and foolishly thinking its lead female character was portrayed by Melrose Place vet Daphne Zuniga (pictured, left). Bzzzt! This show’s not interesting enough to give its leading man a love interest 10 years his senior. Instead, it’s Zuniga doppelganger Sarah Lancaster (of Everwood fame; pictured, right) who’s torn between two lovers. Despite the fact that Brian is exec-produced by nearly infallible J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, Felicity), I’m not sure I can handle coming back for a second helping of Brian in its regular 10 p.m. Monday timeslot. How about you?

addCredit(“Daphne Zuniga: Peter Stranks; Sarah Lancaster: Galer Adler”)


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  • Bec

    i was already to set my vcr for tonight’s episode, but deleted after last night’s premiere because that was the most boring hour of TV EVER (or at least in a while).
    boring, predictable charecters and gags. i don’t find any of the actors appealing at all.
    and i was actually looking forward to this show!

  • mike

    Lancaster looked better as a blonde. She also looked better on Everwood with better writing.

  • Brian

    i agree…i didn’t get to watched grey’s anatomy for THAT?!?!
    i guess j. j. had to get it wrong at some point…

  • anne

    I look forward to seeing Grey’s Anatomy all weekend. I was so disappointed that it wasn’t on. I didn’t stick around long enough to see how badly Brian sucked. I certainly hope this doen’t interfere with GA in the future….

  • Ally

    just what we need, ‘pretty bland white people with problems’ … paint drying is more interesting …

  • Jace

    I certainly won’t be back for another yawn-inducing episode tonight. Dull, poorly written, and poorly cast (Lancaster was barely better than the original pilot’s Marjorie, Polly Shannon), “Brian” is a resounding dud:

  • Sven

    How about they just re-air Thirty Something? I bet that would get more viewers than this show. I made it through the hour last night, but I shan’t be returning this evening…

  • James

    You guys seem to be disappointed because it wasn’t GA. Well, I skipped the GA bandwagon, because, um, I watch enough TV and I avoid procedurals and doctor shows (Scrubs, exempted). I also skipped thirtysomething. Brian wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever seen, but I didn’t find it a dud. I’ll go back for more.

  • Todd

    When you start off a show with that much sexual tension, it’s way too hard to maintain it for long. The premise isn’t interesting enough for it to be as sustaining as “Who’s the Boss” or anything like that. I don’t care if Brian and Majorie ever get together. I don’t care if that couple with kids has sex with each other or anybody else. I don’t care that the other couple is so bland they didn’t even get much of a story. I was so bored. So bored. I’d cancel it now.

  • Ceballos

    Haterz in the house!
    Geez people…”What about Brian” isn’t Satan…i mean, did it ever have a chance with all you “Grey’s Anatomy” freaks??
    Like a previous poster, I skipped the “Grey’s Anatomy” bandwagon…it’s a cute, nice little show…that’s all. Don’t really understand why people are obsessed with it. I mean, dramas like “The Sopranos”, “The Shield”, “Lost”, “Veronica Mars”, “Deadwood”, “Big Love” this year make “Grey’s” look like a silly little show.
    I’m not saying “Brian” (which again, is a cute little show, nothing more nothing less) is any better than “Grey’s” but I wish people would stop wildly overrating the latter show. It’s not like “Brian” stepped in for “The Godfather” or something.

  • jon

    I really don’t mind that ‘What About Brian’ was another ‘pretty white people with problems’ show however I mind because it wasn’t very good, when ‘Relativity,’ ‘Once and Again,’ and a host of other great shows did the genre much better… plus, you’re not going to get a lot of support when you preempt my ‘GA’ for it. Why don’t they move THIS show to monday and leave sunday alone…

  • Tim L

    Jabrams has been disappointing me as of late.
    He has stretched himself too thin. He stuck with Felicity for four years and while the fourth season is probably the weakest sauce of the whole show, at least he was there.
    That is why Alias has gone down the toilet in the last few years; Abrams is off making movies with Tom Cruise and creating a new show EVERY year for ABC. Like dude, relax and take care of what you have created instead of giving birth to something and then ditching it to the Executive Producers.
    Not that this is an example, cause he completely ruined the franchise, but Rick Berman stuck with Star Trek till he drilled into the cold cold ground. If I ever become a successful writer I will stick with my stuff and not abandon it as soon as ABC throws some cash at me to make something new. You’ve got a job, stick with it, and stop hanging out with Tom Cruise. Only very bad crack filled nightmares happen with that much exposure to that crazy crazy man!

  • Visa2

    What About Brian? What about a nice nap instead?

  • Vance

    It’s definitely not the worst thing on TV, but it wasn’t the homerun that the pilots for Felicity, Lost, Alias were, or even Love Monkey and Once and Again. However, Sex and the City season 1 was still shaky at best and didn’t come unto its own until Season 2, and Brian has a half decent base, if only for Rick Gomez and Sarah Lancaster (though I’m basically giving her the benefit of the doubt just for Ephrams sake). Still, in two eps, they seemed to have rushed the open marriage issue in what could have been nicely explored over half a season, and they need better quips. The simple premise needs to be mined better, because there is still lots of interesting stories they could write about but so far it’s only an okay for me.

  • maria

    Yawn. And Sarah Lancaster is boring.

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