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"The Marriage Ref:" Well...?

Pictured: (l-r) Tom Papa, Alec Baldwin, Kelly Ripa,

Pictured: (l-r) Tom Papa, Alec Baldwin, Kelly Ripa, Jerry Seinfeld in " The Marriage Ref " Episode 100 ( Patrick Harbron/NBC ) Photo Credit: NBC/



  What did you think? 

  Me? Not so bad. Even laughed a few places. I think this could work - and will get deceptively huge numbers from last night, for obvious reasons.

  The Critics will hate it. Just hate it.(You know those critics!)

  But it's pretty clear NBC isn't courting the Critics here.

  My only serious caveat: What the hell was Natalie Morales doing there at the "news desk?" Good grief. That was a foolish distraction, adding nothing. Nothing. 

  But Tom Papa was good. Alec Baldwin was good. The first nutty/nice guests from Center Moriches were good.

  Here's my one little thought. This feels like a show that could work, but work "how well?" It feels like something "small" - and by that I mean, game-showish. Last night's half hour format almost made me feel I was watching something after the early network news' feeds. We gotta see how the full hour pans out. One hour may be too much...The first show is this Thursday. 

  Here's last night, for those who haven't yet seen...




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