"The world's most irresponsible person is now going to become a parent!" moans the pregnant girl's dad.
This is funny? Or is it just sad?
And what about ABC's comedy "Super Fun Night"? Its plus-size creator-star Rebel Wilson ("Pitch Perfect," ''Bridesmaids") plays Kimmie, a lawyer who hangs out with her two best girlfriends every Friday night, to the exclusion of the rest of the world and its inhabitants — at least, until they decide to spice up their social lives.
But Wilson obliterates the comedy by overplaying it, using her heft as a comic blunt instrument. Like Kimmie, she just tries too hard to please.
It's a familiar condition among the broadcast networks in their latest round of an aging tradition. For the Fall TV Season, there are too many new shows, with too many of them trying too hard to please.
EDITOR'S NOTE — Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier