New fall TV: CBS’s ‘2 Broke Girls’; NBC’s ‘Playboy Club’
By Hank Stuever,
● “2 Broke Girls” (9:30 p.m., CBS) This would be the other new sitcom with Whitney Cummings’s name on it — co-creator in this case — and like “Whitney,” it has just enough cheap laughs to merit a look. Kat Dennings stars as Max, a young, jaded waitress in a greasy Brooklyn diner that somehow evokes the good old days of “Alice”: The Mel here is a leering Russian fry cook named Oleg (Jonathan Kite), and the other waitresses keep getting fired for kissing grits or whatever.
In walks new waitress Caroline (Beth Behrs), an Upper East Side debutante left penniless after her father is busted for a Ponzi scheme of Madoffian proportions. For sitcom’s premise sake, Kat reluctantly offers Caroline a place to stay, and before you know it, we’re watching a lukewarm revamp of “The Odd Couple.” Grade: C
● “The Playboy Club” (10 p.m., NBC) An ambitious but ultimately weak ensemble drama set inside Hugh Hefner’s hallowed, smoke-filled nightclub of early 1960s Chicago.
Bunny Maureen (Amber Heard), the club’s new cigarette girl, accidentally kills a well-known mob boss while fighting off his assault. Hotshot attorney Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian) helps Maureen dispose of the body. Other Bunnies have their own dramas, lorded over by a Bunny emerita (Laura Benanti). This clunky opener suffers from a first-episode version of erectile dysfunction. For all the Heffin’ and puffin’, these Bunnies look bored. Grade: C-
— Hank Stuever
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