“Miss Guided”: OK, you sold me

POSTED BY STUART LEVINE

More than ever these days, comedy series show up for five or six episodes and then disappear. Just when you were getting acquainted, they’re gone.

Often, the plan is to just give viewers a half-dozen or so sampling and see if it sticks. More times than not, the show will never be seen from after that. Sometimes it’s because they’re horrible and the network can read the Nielsen tea leaves and yank it before it does any more ratings damage.Missguided

Well, when it comes to ABC’s “Miss Guided,” consider me a fan wanting more.

Like most new shows, I Tivo’d “Miss Guided” when it aired March 18 and, before I could even watch, my wife and daughter said they loved it and wanted to know what night it would be airing regularly. Though I may not have shared as much enthusiasm as they did, there was a sweetness and relatability to the show that couldn’t be denied.

Everyone’s been in high school and most of us — or at least the people I hang with — weren’t the cool kids or the jocks. It’s impossible not to see a bit of us in Judy Greer’s spot-on Becky Freeley. She’s been a supporting actress for most of her career up until now and she takes the lead here with full-throated comic perfection.

And there’s a roomful of well-done supporting turns, too. Chris Parnell as the closeted gay vice principal, Kristoffer Polaha as Spanish teacher Tim, drop-dead gorgeous Brooke Burns as the drop-dead gorgeous cheerleader who’s come back to teach and raise Becky’s ire again, and Earl Billings as is-retirement-here-yet Principal Huffy.

Certainly, low viewer totals were not what the folks at ABC were hoping for but sometimes shows deserve a longer fate than the Niesen gods are willing to allow. Exec producers Todd Holland (“Malcolm in the Middle”) and Ashton Kutcher (“Beauty and the Geek,” “Punk’d”) have shown they know what it takes to make a show that’s built to last.

ABC would be wise to give them the chance to prove it again.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 2

Leave a Reply

2 Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

  2. Max says:

    If you love this show you should sign this petition to keep it on the air!
    http://bringbackmissguided.wordpress.com/

More TV News from Variety

Loading