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"2 Broke Girls" Preview: You Apparently Can Say Vagina on CBS. But the Laugh Track Will Drown It Out

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 19, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 19, 2011 |

Yesterday, in Seth’s write up of the CBS Upfronts, he mentioned a new show, “2 Broke Girls,” which will air on Monday after “How I Met Your Mother” in the fall. The idea of Kat Dennings in a sitcom, of course, sounds appealing, and without having any video evidence to refute that, optimism sprang forth from our bosoms.

Today, there is video evidence. And just like that, the optimism crawled down a sewer grate and hid under a rat.

What’s the point in even replacing one bad sitcom with great talent, “Mad Love,” with another? “2 Broke Girls” also comes from Whitney Cummings, who has her own show debuting in the fall on NBC. It looks just as bad.

The other new sitcom on CBS, this one airing after “Big Bang Theory,” is Kevin Dillon’s “How to Be a Gentlemen.” It’s another laugh-track sitcom. Look around, CBS: Laugh-tracks don’t work anymore (the exceptions, of course, all being on CBS). Those laugh tracks simply defuse the humor. They take something cool — like Kat Dennings — and transform them into something lame. And Kevin Dillon didn’t have far to go.

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