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Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Bill Lawrence's New Workplace Rom-com Ground Floor?


TBS has had mixed success building a stable of original scripted and unscripted comedies. Few of its recent offerings have generated much buzz; its highest-profile first-run series only joined the lineup because it was canceled by ABC two years ago. The network’s latest addition is Ground Floor, a multi-camera workplace comedy about opposites attracting. But is it worth your time? I've already punched the clock and watched the first episode, and I'm hear to present my findings in a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation the latest edition of "Hey TV.com, Tell Me Whether I Might Be Interested in This New Show!" 


What is Ground Floor grounded in?

Brody is an uptight banker with slightly more soul than the Gordon Gecko wannabes he works with. Jenny is a laid-back facilities management staffer in the same building. After a Friday-night hookup, the two find themselves continually drawn back into one another’s very different orbits.


Who are these mismatched sweethearts?

Skylar Astin, recently seen flexing his a capella chops in Pitch Perfect, plays Brody (and gets to croon a few bars of Elton John in the pilot). Jenny is played by Briga Heelan, probably best known from a small recurring role as Holly on Cougar Town. John C. McGinley steals scenes in a supporting turn as Brody’s overbearing boss Mr. Mansfield, an unsurprising but entirely welcome variation on his Scrubs role. And hey, speaking of Cougar Town and Scrubs, the show was co-created by the man behind both of those shows, Bill Lawrence



When are Ground Floor's regular business hours?

The first two episodes air tonight—Thursday, November 14—at 10pm and 10:30pm on TBS; the show will air weekly at 10pm thereafter. The pilot is also available via on-demand, and streaming on TBS.com, for most cable subscribers. Finally, encore showings of the premiere are scheduled for Friday 2am as well as other times throughout the weekend, in case your DVR is jammed up with other Thursday-night offerings.


Who will get off on Ground Floor?

Fans of the aforementioned Scrubs and Cougar Town will recognize much of the same off-kilter comic sensibility, though paced for the multi-cam format rather than single-camera. There’s also a smidgen of early How I Met Your Mother in Ground Floor's DNA, with its alternately earnest and prickly tone.



What rises to the top?

Any romantic comedy lives and dies on the chemistry between its leads, and Astin and Heelan do establish an easy rapport from the opening scene. Although the pilot hurries Brody and Jenny together, it wisely lets them enjoy one another’s company despite their friction, instead of manufacturing phony conflict. Again, McGinley is largely playing an officious corporate version of Dr. Cox—whose paternalistic relationship with his protege is even more explicit here—but he plays it as impeccably as ever.


What’s stuck in the basement?

The pilot plays the office’s upstairs/downstairs divide a little broadly, but that’s natural for a pilot. The secondary characters, who will presumably play larger roles as the series evolves, are pretty one-note at the start, and none of those notes are especially appealing. One hackneyed “demanding Asian parents” joke is notably unfortunate.


So, should I watch it?

The pilot has its share of laughs, and the talent on both sides of the camera is promising. Sitcom fans ought to give it a shot.


Do you have an elevator pitch a trailer for me?

But of course:




Ground Floor premieres Thursday, November 14 at 10pm on TBS.


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great show , execs leave it alone or ill start sending peanuts, dont make me do it :p
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As for the laugh track, it actually sounds like it's taped in front of a live studio audience, so that didn't bother me at all...

Plus all actors are fantastic...i'm grinning and laughing out loud throughout every single episode...

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just watched the first 6 episodes, and this is by far my favourite new comedy!!
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well, I just watched the first two episodes, and I agree about the laugh track.. but the show is good... it delivers what I expected, no surprises, but I think I´ll keep watching and see how it evolves.
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I liked it. Not groundbreaking by any means but also not worn out like all the comedies that have been on for years now
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I enjoyed the pilot, even if I thought some lines didn't sound natural at all and the show relied to much on girls' cleavages. But I will stick around. Brody is charming and the cast has a good chemistry together.
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I'll stick to fantasy because vampires, time travelers and telepaths are more believable than these two. This jenny girl is simply too perfect: gorgeous, smart, nice, sassy, and available. They try to portray her as a regular person working on the so-called "ground floor" but there's nothing regular about her. Normally when two people from very different backgrounds engage in a relationship we see not only an economic difference (which this series will probably show), but also a great cultural and academic background difference. Say what you will about The Big Bang Theory, but at least one thing they did right: Leonard and Penny come from different worlds and Leonard has much more schooling than Penny, but she has more life experience. Again this Jenny is just too perfect., and she's out of his league. I'll stick with shows like The Tomorrow People or Reign because at least those fantasy and don't try to pretend they are anything more than that.
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There is a huge difference between Penny and Jenny. Penny is ugly and feels like a trashy country girl where as Jenny, as you say simply is too good to be true. She is beautiful, sassy, sensible and should be way out of most men's league in that office.


That aside the pilot was really dreadful.
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I wouldn't say Penny is ugly. Perhaps for demanding TV standards she's OK, but among normal folks, she would be a catch if not for the trashy country girl factor. Anyway, taste is taste. Jenny, on the other hand, reminds me of Grace Kelly. Yep, she could do a TV movie about Grace Kelly and she would b well cast.
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That show is so stupid anyway, but I never understood the concept that Penny was considered beautiful. I guess the trashy country girl factor is a bigger draw than I understand, and above all the fact that she is cheap (which may be the same thing) Penny's looks match her intellect.
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Just for the record, I hate trashy country and ignorant. But I think Kaley Cuoco is pretty. Totally agree about the quality of Ground Floor.
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Bill Lawrence is good, but... but... I get no feelings from this. That promo made me want to run away from this, and being a multi-camera format... ARGH! I want to watch, but no, my edict this season was to only watch stuff that really appeals, and this doesn't no matter its pedigree, so no.
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Listen I watched the pilot, and it was decent. The one big thing I got out of it was that Bill Lawrence made McGinley's character exactly like Dr. Cox, and as a huge scrubs fan, this was great
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Here's the only thing I got out of this article:

Briga Heelan, who I never heard of before today, is really, really hot.

Sole reason why I'll bother checking out this one... probably will be done with it as soon as the pilot is over.
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She's really a dream.
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The pilot has been available for some time now, so I definitely suggest giving it a whirl (if not just waiting for the back to back premiere tonight). With that said, if you're expecting anything of the over achiever that Scrubs was, you'll definitely be disappointed.

Yeah, some people will harp about the multi-cam aspect regardless, but beyond that this is just a comfortable show. It's not ground breaking, it's not going to be winning any major awards.

Lower those expectations and just try to enjoy some above average chemistry between Heelan and Astin and the rebirth of Dr. Cox in a suit.
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So many dudes.....
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I'm preeeeeeeeeeeetty sure I won't like it, but for whatever reason (probably my love for Scrubs), I'll give it a shot anyway.
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I love Scrubs and Cougar Town so I'll at least give a few episodes before I decide if I like it or not....
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I'm the biggest Scrubs fan, so was looking forward to this. It was terrible. The writing was average at best and the laugh track was incredibly over the top. Disappointing.
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laugh track, this is what I needed to know. will be skipping this myself, thank you.
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I've been waiting to see Skylar Astin in something ever since Pitch Perfect premiered. Actually surprised that Rebel Wilson beat him to it; he's got a lot more talent.
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Same, it's the main reason I've given the show a shot
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I'll give this a whirl, if only because of Bill Lawrence and John C. McGinley. Hopefully this makes it worth my while, as I can only rewatch Scrubs so many times.
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Same here.
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If you happen to be a Sir Mixalot fan, this is worth watching for Briga Heelan's derriere alone. ;)
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