logo
 
?

million review

Is a show with a surplus of sentiment, a full color palette of emotional responsiveness.

Give that show an hour and, at its best, it will make you laugh and swoon and cringe with human recognition.

Yes, it might make you cry, but I've always felt that the most authentically sad moments of generally arise from its most authentically warm moments.

The mystery of Jack's demise went from an annoyingly coy bit of storytelling in the pilot and got extended and elongated such that it basically became what the show was for too much of its second season. Nash wrote his new ABC drama, , but I don't doubt that ABC saw the allure of chasing the pot of golden Kleenex at the end of the rainbow, because if there's one thing network TV is good at, it's misinterpreted imitation.

For me, has always been at its absolute worst when it latched on to being a show about death, instead of a show in which death is couched as merely one feature of life. And while I even more highly doubt that Nash, who boasts a comedy-heavy résumé, intended for .

The series opens with Jon (Ron Livingston) completing a business deal in his office and, apropos of nothing we see, stepping off the balcony to his death.

This comes as a shock to Jon's buddies and fellow Boston Bruins season ticket holders Eddie (David Giuntoli), Rome (Romany Malco) and Gary (James Roday).

The surviving friends, grief-stricken, still have their own issues, which Jon's death may force them to confront. Rome, a commercial director with cinematic dreams, has his own emotional problems he can't reveal to his wife, Regina (Christina Moses).

Gary is in remission from breast cancer and embarking on what he thinks will be a fling with a fellow cancer survivor (Allison Miller), which we know won't just be a fling because Miller is a cast regular and she's great (and formerly starred on NBC's , a better show about grief).

Eddie, a thwarted rock star, is having an affair and looking for a way to end things with his work-obsessed wife, Katherine (Grace Park).

Finally, Jon's widow, Delilah (Stephanie Szostak), is left picking up the pieces, while parenting daughter Sophie (Lizzy Greene) and son Theo (Tristan Byon).

Oh, and Jon's assistant Ashley (Christina Ochoa) may know more about Jon's death than she's letting on, but as a human red herring she frustratingly superfluous, plus she's tied to the "mystery" of Jon's death, which is merely frustrating.