仍然, “Kung Fu” — developed by Christina M. Kim under Greg Berlanti, who oversees the CW’s superhero dramas — feels less like a reboot than a new series that simply borrows the well-known title and spins out a litany of dramatic cliches. (In between, there was a syndicated revival in the 1990s.)
Granted, that assessment is based on one episode, and it might be worth sticking around for a couple more to see whether the mythological aspects actually blossom into something more than the premiere suggests. If not, to paraphrase the original show, it’ll be time to leave.
” kicks off a mini-wave of April broadcast-TV premieres
, including a pair of new series this week on ABC
. Of those
, “Home Economics
,” a sitcom starring and produced by Topher Grace
, feels potentially more distinctive than
,” which stars Katey Sagal as a blue-collar crusader without a law degree inspired by 艾琳·布罗科维奇（Erin Brockovich）
, who is among its producers
Informed by a “摩登家庭” vibe
, “Home Economics
” — which also happens to be set in the Bay Area
— focuses on three grown siblings
, two of whom
(played by Grace and Caitlin McGee
) are strapped for cash
, while their younger brother
) is awash in tech bucks
, living in a house he bought from Matt Damon
(是, that Matt Damon
) with a dazzling view of the Golden Gate Bridge
“It’s really … tasteful,” Grace’s Tom lies upon entering the place.
The underlying tension is that Tom, a novelist, is working on a book informed by — what else? — his crazy family. That adds a little bite to what’s otherwise a pretty breezy exercise, which doesn’t fully exploit the potentially interesting impact of class issues and disparate economic status on sibling rivalries, at least initially, as aggressively or imaginatively as it could.
All told, the concept and casting have promise. But while it features a modern family, at first blush, “Home Economics” is no “Modern Family.”
“Kung Fu” 和 “Home Economics” premiere April 7 在 8 下午. 和 8:30 下午. 和, 分别, on CW and ABC.