'Weird Loners' tries too hard to work

March 30, 2015 7:01 PM

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The overwhelming problem with Weird Loners (Fox, Tuesday, 9:30 ET/PT, * * out of four) is not so much that it isn't funny enough, often enough — though it isn't. It's that it's trying so hard to be different, the obvious effort becomes wearying. There's no doubt that odd can be wonderful, but at some point, it helps if a sitcom lands for more than a few seconds on "real." And there are just too few scenes in Loners that rise above the forced and artificial.

You can start with the strained premise, which ties together four mismatched loners for no reason other than plot necessity. Caryn (Becki Newton) is desperate for marriage; Zara (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) runs from all commitment. Eric (Nate Torrence) is a sweet, cloistered boy-in-a-man's-body; and his ...

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