COMEDY PREMIERE "Best Friends Forever"
WHEN | WHERE Tonight at 8:30 on NBC / 4
REASON TO WATCH Good cast, headed by Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair
WHAT IT'S ABOUT One sad day, Jessica Black (St. Clair, Whitney from "Bridesmaids") gets divorce papers from her ex, and finds herself alone in San Francisco, far from home (NYC) and loved ones -- or at least one loved one, maybe the only loved one, Lenn (Lennon Parham, "Accidentally on Purpose"). Lenn tells her to come home to Brooklyn, and the apartment they once shared. Jess is fine with that -- Lenn's live-in boyfriend, Joe (Luka Jones, an improv comedian with the Upright Citizens Brigade) somewhat less so.
MY SAY Where's that smoke coming from that we all seem to be smelling at the same time, usually Wednesday nights on NBC? Oh, right -- that would be the network torching another comedy opposite "American Idol." "Bent" is getting burned off as fast as NBC can light the match; next body onto the sitcom funeral pyre looks like this one.
Really, why invest even so much as 22 minutes when you know how this will probably all turn out? That's the monumental challenge now before "BFF" starring a pair of funny ladies, St. Clair and Parham, who deserve a better fate than this one. "BFF" is not bad -- classify this as another Young Urban New York-based sitcom -- but it's not great, either, or certainly not smart enough, or different enough, or flat-out funny enough to deserve anything other than the bleak future that now appears preordained.
Sure, there could be this silver-haired lining: "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" finally premieres at 8 tonight. It previewed mid-January immediately after White's big birthday bash; together, they handed NBC one of its biggest scores of the year so far. If "Off Their Rockers" drags an audience in tonight, maybe they'll stick around for "BFF."
BOTTOM LINE Move along, move along. There's nothing to see here.