parenting leads to good comedy in 'Up All Night'
"Up All Night" (Wednesday, 9 p.m.,
NBC) offers an age-old sitcom premise — a clueless
couple who aren't ready for parenthood — and
makes it feel fresh and contemporary. Chris
(Will Arnett) is an overgrown kid who stays
home to raise the baby, while Reagan (Christina
Applegate), a former party girl, goes back to
her job at a talent agency. If Arnett and Applegate
aren't enough comic masters for you, add in
Maya Rudolph as Reagan's self-involved boss.
With exquisite subtlety, these three nail the
ridiculousness of their oh-so-modern narcissists.
Their victim, hilariously, is the baby. Chris
and Reagan try to make themselves understood
while it struggles against a diaper change,
enunciating every word as if speaking to an
unruly foreigner who doesn't quite understand
English: "WE. ARE. TRYING. TO. HELP. YOU!
WE. ARE. ON. YOUR. SIDE!"
NBC, I'm going to be very upset if you cancel
"Up All Night" without giving it a
fair chance. Please treat this baby better than
Chris and Reagan treat theirs.
Tuesday, 8 p.m. (Fox)
"New Girl" offers the role of a lifetime
to Zooey Deschanel, who lets her inner nerd
run free. The "new girl" is Jess,
an incurable lame-o who moves into an apartment
with three male strangers (Jake Johnson, Max
Greenfield, Damon Wayans Jr.). They're as dorky
as she is, but all four of them try to pass
for cool in the singles world — an effort that
After blowing yet another date, Jess laments,
"Well, I guess I can't hide my crazy."
She'll keep trying, though, and that will make
"New Girl" irresistible. CV