Whitney Cummings: Stop

I thought Ashton Kutcher would be the worst thing anyone would see on primetime television for the 2011-2012 season, but I was wrong. Whitney Cummings is actually much worse than Ashton Kutcher on a different scale.

While anyone with a brain wouldn’t be surprised to see Kutcher sucking on Two and a Half Men  and making Jon Cryer and Judy Greer look bad while they’re paired with him — I’ll admit it’s a guilty pleasure of mine thanks to its supporting cast — Whitney is much worse for a different reason. She managed to get two pretty awful TV shows created on primetime television.

First, there’s 2 Broke Girls (CBS), created by both Cummings and Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City), starring Kat Dennings and Beth Berhs. The premise is simple: two waitresses are working at a Brooklyn restaurant and trying to save up money ($250K) for opening a cupcake shop. One comes from a working class background, the other used to be rich until her dad got caught for operating a Ponzi scheme. By the end of every episode, you get to see how much they saved or lost.

I like Kat Dennings and her tits, but the pilot for 2 Broke Girls was easily one of the worst pilots I have ever seen in recent years. Fucking rough scripting, borderline stereotypical and raunchy, bad supporting characters, almost laugh-free (whoever wrote that Coldplay-hipster joke should burn in hell). The show managed to make all the current CBS comedy shows that get a bad reputation look decent to amazing in comparison.

Cummings and King co-wrote the pilot, so both are to blame for this crime. The third episode of 2 Broke Girls is bad, but less horrid than the first two thanks to neither of them writing the script. Evidence that King may not be good for this show:  he wrote the screenplay for both Sex and the City films on his own.

Three days later, NBC premiered the other Cummings show, Whitney. The show follows Cummings — playing a fictionalized version of herself – and her supportive boyfriend (Chris D’Elia). But given that she begins to fear “relationship boredom”, she tries and does anything to spice things up for her relationship.

Guess what? Whitney Cummings cannot work the “playing yourself” gimmick well at all — it’s not an easy one, for sure. And Whitney was even more devoid of humor than her other show, which at least had a somewhat better premise and a good lead actress. I also feel bad seeing Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm and the Middle) working with that sack of shit. Whitney is pretty much a massive taint for NBC’s Thursday line-up of comedy shows, which includes far superior shows such as Community, Parks and Recreation and The Office.

Talk about killing any credibility you had in less than a week.

Short summary: Whitney Cummings is not funny at all and both her shows should be axed, unless something extremely dramatic happens and she gets some huge upgrade — but that seems very unlikely right now.

End blog rant.

P.S: Sorry, Juan. I know you hate Whitney too and my blog title could have been something you would have used.


YAM Magazine contributor, has a B. Sc. degree in Science/Pharmacy and is a very lazy person.

7 Responses

  1. Julyssa says:

    Oki…. I am still not sure about this topic but I will trust your judgement :P

    • Rodrigo says:

      @Julyssa, Watch either of her new tv pilots, you’ll probably hate them easily. 2BG might have a slightly better chance of improvement thanks to Dennings, but that’s not saying much.

      I know other shows had rough starts before and then worked out well, but I don’t see either of them going that way.

      Maybe I could force myself to watch Dennings for a tv feature post I might do for next year if I don’t get lazy, lol. Or maybe not.

  2. amy says:

    I don’t even know any other CBS comedy shows. Was New Adventures of Old Christine on CBS? Or was that NBC? xD

    I feel sorry for Judy Greer though – why does she need to be on Two and a Half Men?… what happened to that show she had with Jason Biggs?

    • Rodrigo says:

      @amy, Christine was on CBS – saw some of the epsiodes and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Wanda Sykes were actually funny, but JLD has great experience in comedy thanks to Seinfeld and Larry David.

      Greer is playing Kutcher’s wife. Think Kelso getting married to a nice, normal woman and you get the picture. I think only Conchata Ferrell fares decently at interacting with Kutcher and it came at the price of almost destroying her tv character (Berta). #thanksashton

      Never knew of the show she had with Biggs. *googles* CBS show, got cancelled after 13 episodes thanks to low ratings.

      • amy says:

        @Rodrigo, I saw the commercial on LIV, where Biggs says “watch, whatever the name of the show is, por favor” LOL

        Wasn’t Greer in Two and a Half Men before? I’m pretty sure she’s guested before becoming Kutcher’s wife.

        • Rodrigo says:

          @amy, Oh, LIV. Did the Biggs shows aired before 2.5 Men? Because if you want to build up a comedy show on CBs and/or make it survive a second season, you put it after Men. Worked for Big Bang Theory and kept Melissa McCarthy employed for another tv season.

          Yep, Greer guested there and most of her interactions were with Marin Hinkle and Charlie Sheen. Now she goes from #tigerblood to #cougarblood.

  3. Juan Barquin says:

    I just stumbled upon this and you should have totally used a picture of the +300 tweets that I coaxed people into sending her that literally just said “STOP”

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