|Matreya Scarrwener, Jenna Elfman, Stephen Schneider and Nicholas Coombe|
in Imaginary Mary (ABC)
TV SHOW REVIEWI really like Jenna Elfman and I really like her former sitcom, Dharma and Greg. If have haven’t seen the show, the premise was that Dharma met Greg one night, talked and talked all night long and ended up throwing caution to the wind getting married right on the spot. The next day they realized just how different they were from each other. Dharma was a free spirit while Greg was a hard-nosed lawyer, but what made the show work was their determination to make their marriage work regardless the circumstances. While not every situation was one that I could agree with, I really enjoyed the fact that divorce wasn’t an option. Unfortunately, Elfman has never really found a new project in either film or TV that has been as successful as Dharma and Greg and sadly, you can add Imaginary Mary to that list as well.
In this new sitcom, Elfman plays Alice, who today is a strong, career-minded woman. Growing up thought, she was a lot more fragile. Thanks to her parent’s turbulent marriage and eventual divorce, Alice created an fuzzy, imaginary friend named Mary (voiced by Rachel Dratch) to cope. Mary, who is obnoxious and has a potty mouth, helped Alice to get through some tough times and by the time she was an adult not looking for romance, Alice no longer needed Mary. However, after becoming smitten with Ben (Stephen Schneider) a business client and agreeing to meet his kids, Mary returns.
In a word, Imaginary Mary is “terrible.” Ironically, the show could have worked if it was made as a family show, but it is clearly not that. While many kids today live in conditions where mom or dad bring home dates to spend the night, this isn’t a something that I can get behind allowing children to see, but even that is not the show’s worst offense. The show isn’t funny. Not in the least. While ABC is promoting the heck out of this show as of late, it doesn’t appear that they have much hope for the show either. The number of episodes that ABC had originally ordered for the show was cut from 13 to nine, which is never a good sign.
Imaginary Mary previews this Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. (and again on Saturday, April 1 at 8:30 p.m.) before moving to its regular timeslot on Tuesday, April 4 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.