Probably the most memorable character on “Name Your Mom” is a cute, cuddly golden retriever — which speaks volumes concerning the present’s probabilities going ahead.
ABC’s new sitcom, premiering Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., doesn’t supply a lot by way of originality or laughs.
Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick (“The Nearer”) stars as a textbook “helicopter mother” and hits all the suitable scripted notes, however “Name Your Mom” doesn’t distinguish itself from its tons of of like-minded predecessors (together with the canned laughter, all the time a notch under amped-up in-studio viewers whooping — however which may’ve been a COVID-era necessity). ABC made solely the premiere obtainable for evaluate — so it’s exhausting to say if issues get higher — however, for now, “Name Your Mom” performs as a generic, cookie-cutter sitcom. Given the state of broadcast TV, which is dropping viewers hand over fist, that’s not promising.
Sedgwick performs Jean Raines, an oversharing widow dwelling in Iowa, removed from her twentysomething youngsters who’ve relocated to LA: daughter Jackie (Rachel Sennott) and her youthful brother Freddie (Joey Bragg from Disney Channel’s “Liv & Maddie”), who develops video video games. Jean is an inveterate worrier, so when she doesn’t hear from Freddie for a number of days, she decides to fly out California to check out him — triggering the sequence’ plotline.
As soon as she arrives in California, Jean settles right into a Airbnb-type cottage rented by a divorced-with-kids Australian therapist, Danny (Patrick Brammal), who owns the aforementioned golden retriever. They’re attracted to one another, so you’ll be able to see the place that is going. In the meantime, Jean discovers that Freddie is ok (it’s a sitcom, in any case) however is clearly staking his declare to a modicum of independence and is courting an uptalking, hands-fluttering millennial social media influencer (Emma Caymares). Jackie, in the meantime, has damaged up along with her longstanding boyfriend and is concerned along with her much-older boss — info Jean finds out from Jackie’s gossipy roommate, Lane (Austin Crute).
And that just about sums up “Name Your Mom,” which was created by Kari Lizer, who additionally created NBC’s “The New Adventures of Outdated Christine” (starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Every member of the solid, from Sedgwick to Sherri Shepherd (who seems briefly), brings a robust resume to the challenge, together with Broadway veteran Caymares — who performed Veruca Salt and Wendy in “Charlie and the Chocolate Manufacturing facility” and “Discovering Neverland” — and Brammall, who stars in/executive-produces the CBS All Entry sequence “No Exercise,” renewed for a fourth season (and switching from live-action to animation).
However they’re caught within the unforgiving land of a one-dimensional community sitcom with nowhere to go within the sequence premiere — a barren valley of formulaic tv we’ve seen too many instances earlier than.