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It’s nearly a given by now that any Chuck Lorre sitcom can be cleverly forged and sharply written, with snappy one-liners offset by a smattering of heartfelt sincerity.
“B Optimistic” meets all the standards — and begins with a bang on what ought to be a profitable run.
Lorre’s new CBS sitcom premieres Nov. 5 at 8:30 p.m. following “Young Sheldon,” his top-rated comedy collection. It stars Thomas Middleditch as Drew Dunbar, a younger psychologist and divorced dad of a surly teenage daughter, Maddie (Izzy G.). He’s having bother along with his anatomical plumbing, and a go to to his physician confirms that Drew wants a kidney transplant. “Nothing in your physique ought to ever be ‘by means of the roof’ ” his physician says when Drew questions his blood check. His subsequent aim: to discover a kidney donor and, for now, not telling Maddie or his ex-wife, Julia (Sara Rue).
It’s not really easy.
Whereas attending a marriage shortly after his prognosis, Drew (reluctantly) runs into bridesmaid Gina (Annaleigh Ashford), a hard-partying highschool acquaintance who drives a senior van for an assisted residing facility. She — or relatively her drunken alter-ego, “Becca” — gives to be Drew’s kidney donor, and after being turned down by his mates (and his personal physician — a pleasant comedic contact), Drew circles again to Gina. The caveat: that she keep clear and sober for 3 months to maintain her kidneys wholesome.
“B Optimistic” strikes rapidly alongside with none distracting throwaways, and there’s a pleasant chemistry between Middleditch, late of HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” and Ashford, who’s good in nearly every thing (notably on Showtime’s “Masters of Intercourse”). They each know their method round a spunky line of dialogue, and the writing is intelligent in establishing a comic book framework that ought to propel the collection alongside as Drew and Gina proceed their journey collectively.
“B Optimistic” will match comfortably between “Younger Sheldon” and one among Lorre’s different CBS sitcoms, “Mother”; viewers accustomed to Lorre’s Emmy-winning Netflix comedy, “The Kominsky Technique,” and Sandy’s (Michael Douglas) prostate woes — and the cardiac-driven comedy on Lorre’s fourth CBS entry, “Bob Hearts Abishola” (again Nov. 16) — will admire the medical humor.
And take note of the riders in Gina’s senior van — eagle-eyed viewers would possibly acknowledge 87-year-old Bernie Kopell (Siegfried from “Get Good” and Dr. Adam Bricker from “The Love Boat”), who can be a recurring character this season. Throw within the present’s “Monty Python”-style opening animation — and its catchy title — and there’s quite a bit to love about this collection.
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