Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. on Fox/5
Arnett plays a lovable - sorry, loathe-able - rich layabout more naively self-obsessed than, well, humanly possible. Keri Russell is his lost love, the daughter of a housekeeper who has matured into a - how can I say this? - daffy environmental activist. He wants her back, so he tricks her into moving into his mansion with her daughter, Puddle, who narrates the series. Did I say she hasn't spoken in six months?
See how annoying all my verbal backtracking is? Welcome to the pilot of "Running Wilde," where self-satisfied characters edit their sentences on the fly, while declaiming as if speechifying rather than speaking to the person next to them.
Everything in this half-hour from "Arrested Development" auteur Mitch Hurwitz is contrived - zillionaires throw "Price Is Right" theme parties? - to be cute and quirky. Arnett's tics fitted fine as a piece of "Arrested Development's" dysfunctional family puzzle, but he's too intense to wear well as a series lead. Poor Russell is just out of her element acting wacky.
REASON TO WATCH
If you loved Will Arnett as Gob in "Arresting Development."
REASON NOT TO
This show is - oops, not allowed to say that in the newspaper. Sigh. Lemme think. Something else, something else . . .
There's not a whiff of actual life here, no grounding character like "Arrested Development's" Jason Bateman. There's just frantic, false and tiresome.