Condoms Can't Protect Critics from Jenna Elfman at TV Tour
CBS set the bar very high for the Big Four portion of Summer TV Press Tour 2009 when it began handing out little ramekins filled with condoms.
The condoms (product of Thailand, expire 01/2014) were intended to get TV critics in the mood, so to speak, for a Q&A session on "Accidentally On Purpose."
"Accidentally on Purpose" is a new sitcom about a newspaper film critic who gets knocked up by a much younger guy during a one-night stand because, turns out, condoms only work when you take them out of your purse, and then he moves into her apartment, instead of living in his car, and hilarity ensues.
"There is not a hotel conference in America where there is less demand for them," TV Guide business editor Stephen Battaglio, sitting to our right, noted of the condoms during the hand-out.
The stunt got quite a rise - sorry - out of the critics. And of course the sitcom is based on the best-selling autobiographical book "Accidentally on Purpose: The True Tale of a Happy Single Mother" by now-at-Time-magazine-web-site movie critic Mary Pols. But there's no getting around the fact the show stars Jenna Elfman. Elfman thought it would be a really good idea to regale the TV Critics Association -- whose ranks have been decimated as newspapers go under or reorganize -- with a long sad story about how tough it's been for her over the past few years suffering through an endless stream of lucrative development deals that landed her starring roles in one short-lived sitcom after another. But, she vowed, she's bound and determined to work in comedy, so she'll keep subjecting the American public to her sitcoms until they finally give up and watch one regularly in large numbers.
The best part of this new sitcom, which I know is setting the bar very low, is Larry Wilmore, aka "The Daily Show's" Senior Black Correspondent. Wilmore has only a bit
part in the pilot episode, as Elfman's OBGYN, but the good news is the showrunner Claudia Lonow promises they want "as much as we can get of him" on the show.
Lisa de Moraes
August 3, 2009; 6:48 PM ET
Categories: Summer TV Press Tour 2009
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