Internet Attacks Whitney Cummings' Pilot Prior to Premiere

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Whitney Cummings in her new show about lady stuff.

Ouch. Here we thought were in the post-Bridesmaid era of empowering female comedy, what with TV’s new fall lineup revolving around such quirky leading ladies as Zooey Deschanel (Fox’s New Girl), Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs (CBS’ 2 Broke Girls) and Whitney Cummings (NBC’s Whitney). But maybe America just isn’t ready to have a sitcom where boys aren’t the main focus, since despite not airing until September there is already an online petition to get Whitney canceled.

In an open letter to NBC titled “Cancel NBC’s “Whitney” Before It Cancels Us,” (which…what?), the argument reads:

This is a petition asking NBC to cancel “Whitney” before it airs, and to make a big spectacle about how they were only just kidding and that they’ll keep looking for good programs to put in that time-slot.

Reasons “Whitney” Already Sucks:

1. It’s multi-cam and filmed in front of an audience encouraged to laugh.
2. She considers herself one of those “edgy” comics.
3. It might as well have Paul Reiser in it.

Please, let’s get rid of this show before we have to live knowing that something like this happened on television, forcing us to give up on having and raising our children because it’s all gone to shit, it’s all shit anyway man… I can’t even do this anymore… Somebody put money behind this shit.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

So far there are only nine signatures to cancel Ms. Cummings debut program, which deals with a character named Whitney (d’uh) and her boyfriend who aren’t married but live together. Okay, so that concept seems pretty thin, but so is the argument that a multi-cam sitcom with canned laughter is by itself a reason to nix a program. (How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men are still doing pretty well, right?) And yikes…using the word edgy as an insult for a female comedian is the equivalent of saying Barack Obama is articulate.

And yes, the previews for Whitney are pretty cringe-worthy, mostly because Ms. Cummings is an observational stand-up comedian, not a comedy actress. Though the show’s scenarios are based on bits from her act, watching the premiere one gets the sense that at any point Whitney may just turn to the camera and mug, “Am I right, ladies?”

We’re willing to give Whitney the benefit of the doubt…it’s certainly doesn’t look worse than the twee-tastic New Girl, in which we’re supposed to believe that Zooey Deschanel is too awkward to land herself a boyfriend. Because hey, when we’re not crying about periods or boys, there is nothing us ladies like to do more than make jokes about them. Alex Borstein know what I’m talking about!

Comments

  1. Cmattick says:

    Love the subtle use of profanity and colloquialism in the petition. Would guess not a demographic threat to Comcast/NBC. Set Whitney series on DVR last night … got to see if she slugs him for tickling her during makeup routine. #edgeofseat

  2. Wayne says:

    Another reason Whitney should be cancelled: it has the stench of Chelsea Handler all over it.

  3. Lily22 says:

    great show! I dont know what the problem is.

  4. Erica says:

    Worst show ever–really worst show on television.

  5. meat says:

    show sucks.  watched it’s first show and haven’t since.

  6. meat says:

    ITS obviously.

  7. Eddie says:

    I watch to see how bad it is.

  8. Terry says:

    Worst show I’ve seen since some of those horrible comedies of the 1950′s early 1960′s.  The laugh track is laughable.

  9. Serpenttongue says:

    uYou people are the same worthless sheep who think two and a half men is a funny show. Your petition is sexist. Don’t be jealous because the show is hilarious and she is sexy.

  10. The Greatest says:

    I can’t believe nobody has commented on the insufferable hand-waving (Whitney never delivers a line without frantically gesturing like Mitch McConnell at a pinoy child auction) … just awful.

  11. Loomisg says:

    horrible

  12. Loomisg says:

    and by horrible i mean the show…not the comments

  13. Mattacraven says:

    Cancel whitney and execute handler, two unfunny people pandering to the anti intellectual crowd that also considers the kardashians and jersey shore quality programming.

  14. Lmeister6 says:

    Whitney is the anti-female empowerment. She’s a woman who clearly hates other women. Please make her go away. Her having a show is the equivalent of Sarah Palin becoming our first female president. It hurts me as a woman. 

  15. Pasford says:

    The problem with this show is the main Character Whitney herself. The rest of the cast should be OK in a show without her. The show is getting better now that she has a smaller part. But definitively not good enough. It´s a cancellation waiting to happen.

  16. Chicago8400 says:

    not bad..think it should stay on air its pretty funny..n the guy was the stoner on Glory Daze 

  17. juaninamillion says:

    its close to like a new era friends 

  18. M_o_marketing says:

    I keep trying to give this show a shot…but, I hate it. I wanted to like it…I just can’t! Please cancel it!

  19. John says:

    Absolute Garbage!!!!!