The Paul Reiser Show
|The Paul Reiser Show|
|Created by||Paul Reiser|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7 (5 unaired) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
Warner Bros. Television
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||April 14 – April 21, 2011|
The Paul Reiser Show is an American television series that originally aired on NBC. In May 2010, NBC announced that it had approved the series for the 2010–11 television season, with the half-hour comedy expected to premiere as a midseason replacement. The series was premiered on April 14, 2011, at 8:30 pm. Due to extremely low ratings, the program was canceled on April 22, 2011, after only two episodes.
The semi-autobiographical sitcom stars Paul Reiser as a former television star who has not worked on a television series in several years. While he has enjoyed spending quality time with his family during this break, he feels he needs something more. Deciding to shake up his life a bit, Reiser enlists his friends to help him find the next "big thing" to occupy his time.
- Paul Reiser as Paul Reiser
- Ben Shenkman as Jonathan
- Omid Djalili as Habib
- Duane Martin as Fernando
- Andrew Daly as Brad
- Amy Landecker as Claire, Paul's wife
- Brock Waidmann as Zeke
- Koby Rouviere as Gabe
- Larry Dorf as Alex Gimple
Development and production
Reiser wrote the spec script for the untitled project, and first pitched the show to HBO, which turned it down. NBC ordered a pilot episode in February 2010. In early March, reports were referring to the project as Next. Amy Landecker was the first actor cast in late March, followed by Duane Martin in early April. Brock Waidmann, an actor with spina bifida, was selected to play the role of Reiser's son. Immediately after the audition Reiser said, "I love this kid!" The next day they called him to offer the part.
The show did not receive good ratings. The premiere episode received ratings lower than those for the premiere of Perfect Couples, the show it had replaced. Reuters reported that the show's premiere was "NBC's lowest rating ever for an in-season comedy premiere". The second episode's ratings dropped even further and the show was canceled shortly after. Amy Landecker said she first learned of the show's demise by doing an Internet search before getting an email confirming the show's official cancellation hours later.
The show was also negatively reviewed, with Metacritic reporting a rating of only 38 out of 100. Todd VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club gave the show a D+, writing that it was best summarized by the word "complacent" and that "everything about it feels off-putting and weird". He compared it unfavorably to Curb Your Enthusiasm, calling it a "weird copycat" that "takes most of the trappings of Curb but misses almost all of the soul". Alan Pergament, the TV critic for The Buffalo News, also drew comparisons to Curb Your Enthusiasm (going so far as to call it a "direct steal") and to the drama Men of a Certain Age, but noted that Reiser's "good guy" personality was not as good a fit for the format as Larry David's arrogance was for Curb.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||"The Father's Occupation"||Bryan Gordon||Paul Reiser & Jonathan Shapiro||April 14, 2011||2J5604||3.372|
|Paul is asked to host a new game show produced by Mark Burnett, but his friend Larry David is given the same offer. Meanwhile, Brad is upset that Fernando may have tricked him to get a better school project for their children's class.|
|2||"The Playdate"||Daniel Stern||Paul Reiser & Jonathan Shapiro||April 21, 2011||2J5606||2.377|
|Paul is asked to look after his son's playdate. Henry Rollins holds a grudge against Paul feeling he is responsible for him not getting a film role. Habib helps Paul get a screaming cat from under his backyard.|
|3||"The Generator"||Helen Hunt||Paul Reiser & Jonathan Shapiro||Unaired||TBA||N/A|
|4||"The Batting Cage"||TBA||Paul Reiser & Jonathan Shapiro||Unaired||TBA||N/A|
|5||"The Old Guy"||TBA||Paul Reiser & Jonathan Shapiro||Unaired||TBA||N/A|
|6||"The Genrator"||TBA||Paul Reiser & Jonathan Shapiro||Unaired||TBA||N/A|
|7||"The Shave"||TBA||Paul Reiser & Jonathan Shapiro||Unaired||TBA||N/A|
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