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TV as wish fulfillment

October 27, 2011 - Andrea Johnson
It's been about a month since the start of the new fall TV season and I find my attention is waning. I sampled a few of the new shows, such as "New Girl," "Pan Am," "Person of Interest," "A Gifted Man," and "Terra Nova," but none held my attention past the first episode. If I watch, I usually end up watching older shows like "Fringe" or "Castle" or "The Mentalist," all solid entertainment.

Critics are raving about all the new situation comedies on the air. The only new one I've paid much attention to is CBS's "2 Broke Girls," a show about two down on their luck New York City waitresses, one who grew up poor and has a mouth like a sailor; one who grew up rich but lost all her money when her dad went to prison for insider trading. Now they share a sad little apartment, work for a nerdy Chinese restaurant owner, dream of opening their own cupcake shop and get in and out of jams, a lot of which are pretty funny.

Max, the always poor one, has a babysitting side job for the pampered twins of a stereotypical spoiled, wealthy New York socialite named Peach. During the last episode, the twin babies are seen getting massages from a massage therapist who has come to their home and Peach talks about the need for them to detox because " I don't know what the woman I buy their breast milk from puts in her body." She also worries that she will die of shame if the multi-million dollar party she is throwing for the twins' first birthday isn't perfect.

I turned it off at that point, about 10 minutes into the show, but the few moments I watched had some genuine laughs. There are a lot of people these days who can relate to "2 Broke Girls." The show airs at 7:30 p.m. Mondays on CBS.

ABC's fractured fairy tale "Once Upon a Time," which features editor Terry Aman so far loves, has not enthralled me quite to the same extent, but Terry's right that we could all use some fairy tale escapism in these times. On TV, at least, the Peaches and Wicked Queens among us always get their comeuppance. "Once Upon a Time" airs at 7 p.m. Sundays on ABC.


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