Quirky, Klutzy Comedy Relies On Weird Inner Monologue

September 30, 2014 3:57 PM

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It’s getting tougher and tougher to put together a half-hour sitcom premise that will work for the networks. Most of the time, writers and producers can’t simply pitch “family comedy with strong female lead” or “romantic comedy with witty dialogue and two oddball characters.” There often needs to be a gimmick, and ABC’s latest, Manhattan Love Story, offers a big one.

When sweet girl next door Dana (Analeigh Tipton) meets Peter (Jake McDorman) it isn’t exactly a meet cute. Both were suckered into a date by mutual friends and to top off their disgruntled feelings about being set up, Dana’s also coming off a pretty piss poor first day on the job. There are boob sta...

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