So they released a preview for the Shit (bleep) My Dad Says sitcom, and I have to say there are some concerns. While I absolutely love William Shatner, I don’t love him in this role. Frankly he is just too awesome for this character. The father in Shit My Dad says is supposed to be a 74 year old curmudgeon who spouts off insults in a dry and droll manner. Instead Shatner (who is 79) seems to have more life and energy than his 34 year old son. The role would be better suited for someone like Rip Torn, Stacy Keach, Brian Cox,Ed O’Neil, John Mahoney, or at this point pretty much any other actor over 60. Just not William Shatner.
Also, it seems pretty generic. It is shot in a regular three camera set up with canned laughter and all. In a world of documentary and reality show style sitcoms, the style of the show seems incredibly archaic for concept that was born off of something so fresh and hip (for anyone out of the loop the concept for the show came from a twitter blog).
There is also the twelve ton gorilla in the room known as CBS. If there is one thing CBS knows how to do well is take any concept and give it a good layer of “generic”. The biggest problem with the trailer for “SMDS” is that it looks so generic it might as well be called “Non Offensive All-in-the-Family light”. While it is obvious they are trying to hit a huge demographic for this show by appealing to the Twitter demographic and there sitcom watching parents, the beauty of what made the twitter blog great seems lost. Had the show been on FX, Comedy Central, or (dare I dream) HBO, it would be more likely that I wouldn’t have as many concerns.
It isn’t all bad though, Shatner is supported by an exciting young cast. The son is played by Ryan Devlin who actually does fit the role pretty well. Mad TV alums Will Sasso and Nicole Sullivan play the oldest son and his wife and frankly I liked both of them in everything they have done so far, so I am hoping for some good stuff there.
With all of that in mind here is the official preview released by CBS…