Reasons why I think ABC should renew Miss Guided
by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 9th 2008 11:03AM
TV Squadder Paul Goebel reviewed the series premiere of the ABC comedy Miss Guided. He wasn't sure what to make of the show after the first airing and I must admit that I also had my doubts about this new comedy. Judy Greer is a joy to watch as guidance counselor Becky Freeley but the comedy was predictable and the cast way too beautiful to portray a real high school. However, I decided to stick with it and ended up enjoying the show's storylines and characters as well as the interview-like tidbits.
The series aired its season finale last week and is now awaiting ABC's upfronts to know if it'll come back next season or have to close the books. To help ABC make its decision, here are some reasons why Miss Guided should be renewed.
- Judy Greer is a delight and needs to stay on TV. Even though I had seen her in movies or on TV before 2003, I really noticed Greer's comedic skills when she played Kitty Sanchez on FOX's Arrested Development. Back then, I knew that she needed to get a bigger role on TV and MG offered her (and us) just that. Greer is believable as geeky Becky and I find myself rooting for the character (maybe also because I see myself a little bit in the character). Let's hope that if MG is canceled that another comedy snatches her.
- Brooke Burns needs to be on a successful show. The actress is starting to suffer from what I call "The Eric Balfour Curse" (it could also be called "The Tim Daly Curse"): starring as a lead on many, many TV series that were never renewed (Balfour was cast as a lead on Veritas: The Quest, Hawaii, Sex, Love & Secrets, Conviction, and Fearless, which wasn't even picked up). In the past years, Burns starred in North Shore and Pepper Dennis, both of which were not renewed for a second season. Her case is not a desperate one yet but if Miss Guided is not renewed, I'm afraid casting directors will start thinking twice before casting her in a lead role. Even if Burns is way too hot (I can admit it even if I'm a woman) to be a believable English teacher, the actress offers a good performance as Lisa Germain. And since some MG viewers are rooting for Lisa instead of Becky, they deserve to see her try to officially win over Tim's heart.
- Miss Guided would be a great show to pair up with Samantha Who? Let's face it, both are light comedies, both are aiming for a female viewership, both star funny ladies put in awkward situations. So why not pair them up on Monday nights when Dancing with the Stars is on hiatus to try to counterattack CBS's comedy lineup?
If you missed the series and want to give this cutesy series a try, ABC offers all episodes of the series to watch online (only available to U.S. residents). ABC is set to present its 2008-2009 schedule on May 13.