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Running Wilde (Tuesdays 9:30/8:30 Central)


Sep 21, 2010 Web Exclusive
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Wasn’t Mitchell Hurwitz supposed to be a genius? As the creator of Arrested Development, one of the most beloved, lamented, and acclaimed shows in recent memory, expectations were high. Yet since Arrested’s cancellation, Hurwitz has only been able to get one show off the ground, the awful, animated Sit Down, Shut Up. His latest effort re-teams him with Arrested’s Will Arnett, but even this reunion fails to find a spark.

Arnett plays Steve Wilde, the spoiled rich son that is the heir to the Wilde Oil fortune. In the pilot episode, he’s presenting himself with a humanitarian award, information that—in a series of unbelievable events—makes it to his lifelong crush, Emmy Kadubic (Keri Russell) while she is trying to save an indigenous people from losing their homeland to—in another unbelievable event—Wilde Oil. The show twists itself into knots trying to set up the premise: Emmy and her daughter, Puddle, move into Steve’s tree house. While Arrested had a similarly ridiculous premise (family fortunes fall, and they have to move into a model home in the development they’ve only just begun), the jokes were so layered and came so quickly that there was barely time to breathe. Running Wilde exerts so much energy setting up the jokes that they end up forced. Arnett breaks off a couple of great one-liners, but Running Wilde has a lot of work to do in order to even be a good sitcom, much less a Hall of Famer like Arrested. (

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