May 13, 2013

THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: FOX Trailer – “Enlisted”


ENLISTED has been curiously scheduled, placed in the hinterlands of 9:30PM on Fridays after Raising Hope, where the upside is that at least expectations will be low  The show is written by Kevin Biegel, whose previous series have included Scrubs and Cougar Town, and it stars Geoff Stults as one of a trio of brothers on an Army training base.  Here’s the trailer.

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Well, we were due for a bum FOX pilot, and here it is.  Enlisted looks like it was shot back in the pre-M.A.S.H. days of “service comedies,” when McHale’s Navy was a state-of-the-art sitcom.  With Biegel as the writer one would hope for more substance than this trailer suggests, but so far it looks like nothing but numbskull gags galore.  Of course, the same thing could be said about any Adam Sandler movie, so who’s to say there’s not an audience for this?  But it’s unlikely that such viewers would also be fans of Raising Hope, so Enlisted gets an early high ranking in the Fall Season death pool.

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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."