TV Pilot Watch 2015: ‘Grandfathered,’ Fox

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John Stamos, left, and Josh Peck star in "Grandfathered." ERICA PARISE /FOX
John Stamos, left, and Josh Peck star in "Grandfathered." ERICA PARISE  /FOX

John Stamos, left, and Josh Peck star in “Grandfathered.” ERICA PARISE /FOX

Stars: John Stamos, Josh Peck, Paget Brewster

Genre: Comedy

Network: Fox

Premise: Stamos portrays Jimmy, a playboy restaurateur who learns he fathered a son named Gerald (Peck) during a decades-ago one-night stand with Sara (Paget Brewster). Not only that, but Gerald’s got a toddler daughter with a friend he’s crushing on, Vanessa (Christina Milian).

Pilot Watch: This is a lot to dump on Jimmy in one episode and, frankly, it’s a lot to dump on viewers, too. Jimmy takes too readily to his new role of grandpappy, perhaps to ingratiate himself to Sara, for whom he still carries a torch. Fairly generic scenes with the baby in Jimmy’s restaurant try too hard, and the chemistry between Stamos and Peck is lacking. The pilot is sweet, but it’s very generic and, unfortunately, not very funny. Still … PAGET BREWSTER, right?

I wanted: … the word “Grandfathered” to never be used as a verb. Still, it’s better than the show’s working title, “Grandpa.”

Check out this trailer and let us know what you think of “Grandfathered.”


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