Pilot Pirate: “Good Christian Bitches” and the untitled Kari Lizer pilot

 
 

Pilot: The untitled Kari Lizer pilot (comedy)

Writer: Kari Lizer

Director: Craig Zisk

Network: NBC

Logline: A woman with relationship issues guides the newly unemployed through career counseling.

Cast: Sarah Paulson, Tim Meadows, James Adomian.

The characters:
Mary Leahy, 32, cute, bubbly and smart, moderately confident (Paulson).

Joss, young, bright and efficient, snarky and possibly gay (Adomian).

Ken, Mary’s business partner at New Horizons and a psychotherapist (Meadows).

Brad, handsome and successful sales guy (uncast)

Kari Lizer knows her sitcoms. She created The New Adventures of Old Christine and penned several episodes of Will & Grace, in addition to several other credits. And she’s back at it here, with an updated workplace comedy revolving around Sarah Paulson as woman with relationship issues.

As much as the George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick drama Up in the Air was a look at the workplace in the wake of a down economy, Lizer’s as-yet-untitled pilot serves as a comedic look at the same subject.

While much of the script is spent setting up characters, we learn that Paulson’s Mary is a happy-go-lucky woman who sings in the car on her way to work and runs when she’s excited — including in hallways at the office and beyond. It’s cute and a perfect fit for the Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip actress.

Her supporting cast at New Horizons — the company Mary runs with Ken (Tim Meadows) — is effective in policing Mary’s love live. Joss, the smart and snarky office assistant who the script notes could be gay, has the witty one-liners that form the bulk of the laughter. Meadows is the perfect fit for Ken, the dry and sarcastic psychotherapist that always has a leg up on Mary’s oddities.

Mary eventually meets Brad when she’s brought in to help recently terminated employees transition into new careers, only it’s not that simple because she already knows Brad from a one-night stand that she had after she had an affair with her former boss and he went back to his wife.

It’s a cute script and strong vehicle for Paulson. Ken reminded me very much of Meadows’ character in Mean Girls and Joss could be a breakout role for Adomian, whose credits are lined with performances as George W. Bush.

Pilot Pirate outlook: Almost as cute as Sarah Paulson.

Would you watch Good Christian Bitches or Paulson’s show?

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