TV preview: Whitney

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Temporarily replacing “30 Rock” on Thursday nights while Tina Fey is pregnant, “Whitney” joins some of the best comedies on network television. This wasn’t a good idea, and NBC should have used of its far superior new comedies “Up All Night” or “Free Agents” on that night.

“Whitney,” created, written by and starring stand-up celebrity Whitney Cummings in her first TV role, isn’t absolutely awful, but pairing it with “Community,” “Parks and Recreation” and even the only OK “The Office” is going to make it look even more amateurish that it really is.

Those three are original, well-crafted comedies — especially “Community” and “Parks and Recreation” — and “Whitney” just isn’t.

Filmed in front of a live studio audience and buoyed by pratfalls and jokes meant to prove Cummings is sexy, yet crass, “Whitney” could have been a revolutionary sitcom … in 1993.

There were a few good jokes in the first episode, mostly from Whitney’s boyfriend (Chris D’Elia) and her booze-swilling BFF Roxanne (Rhea Seehorn), but “Whitney” feels like a stand-up comedian’s first starring show.


9:30 p.m. Thursdays on NBC

1.5 stars