Test Pilot is a semiregular feature this summer sharing my first impressions of the pilots for next fall’s shows. These aren’t reviews, since these pilots may be rewritten, recast and reshot before airing, and end up much better or worse. But, premature opinions are why God invented the Internet, so let’s get on with…
The Show: Big Shots, ABC
The Premise: Did you ever wonder what the inner lives of extremely rich, horny white guys are like? No, you did. You told me one time. You probably don’t remember. I think you were drunk. Anyway… Dylan McDermott, Christopher Titus, Joshua Malina and Michael Vartan are high-powered CEOs in various stages of marriedness and fidelity, playing golf, confiding in one another, helping with their business and romantic schemes, and discussing What It’s Like to Be a Man Today, in this comedy-drama.
First Impressions: Did I mention that this is a show about men? Because this pilot reminds you every single chance it gets. “We’re men. When it comes to sex or a criminal situation, we’re allowed to lie.” Or, “It’s a rite of passage for men.” Or, “Men: we’re the new women.” I have no idea whom this series is intended for, exactly. The alpha males the show is about would probably rather be watching Man Vs. Wild, or maybe Entourage. Women–probably the more likely target, considering ABC’s existing lineup of femme-centric dramedies–may be turned off, unless they enjoy seeing their worst stereotypes of men confirmed on a weekly basis.
Will I Watch Another One? You know us men. We can’t commit.