Love Monkey: Nice Package
A critic who reviewed this show said that there's nothing quite like it on television. I'd have to agree. It manages to be both a romantic, funny, likable, light comedy/drama and an edgier comedy with pointed barbs, quick and clever one-liners, and sharp pop culture/news references.
Is it like the moved Ed to New York City? Yeah, it actually is. Tom Cavanagh handles the Ed part (duh), it has the mix of comedy and drama, it has the pop/rock soundtrack, and Jason Priestly and Tom's sister even fill the Mike/Nancy roles (the marriage stuff, and he's even a doctor!). But it's just different enough too.
Tom's first assignment for True Vinyl is to get a pop diva, Zoey, to sing at a benefit, but his old boss at Goliath (great seeing Eric Bogosian in a regular TV role) won't let her do it. Or, more accurately, she can sing at the benefit but won't let the song be recorded for the benefit album. Zoey stands up for herself with him and walks out. But she vanishes from her hotel room when Tom goes to see her.
He finally finds her, and she wants to sing something else ("My Inner Pain"), and not the big pop song "Kewl." But she's terrible, and the song is terrible. She gets mad at Tom and calls him another "suit" that just wants her to sing her pop song to sell albums. Tom comes up with the idea for her to sing the song, but with Teddy.
You know what else makes this show work? Really filming in New York City. You can't really fake a genuine NYC street in Hollywood. You can refer to the Radio City Music Hall, but you wouldn't be able to really show it and film there. You can show a real close-up of someone buying a pretzel in Times Square, with a fake New Yorkish looking building in back, but you can't actually film in Times Square, right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. Love Monkey does that. And that's another reason why it's unlike anything else on television. (Cool, subtle use of cameos by Ben Folds and LeeAnn Rimes too.)
Is the show perfect? No, not yet anyway. I wish they'd focus a little bit on the "single guy in the city" angle of Tom's life, the sadness, the introspection, and not just his "hanging around with the guys" goofy humor aspect. Also, when the show goes away from Tom and the music biz and focuses on the other characters for any length of time, it sorta drags. And give Judy Greer more to do, whether she ends up Tom's love interest or not (good scene at the end with Julia meeting Bram, and both telling Tom he has chemistry with the other). But this is an entertaining, offbeat hour of television, and I hope it lasts a long time.
And by the way, he's totally right about Starship's "We Built This City."