Picture this. A new sitcom with the same producer as Martin. Yes, the same Martin that you still watch over two decades later (It's true. The first episode aired in 1992). Yes, the same Martin with characters such as snotty-nose Roscoe, Bruh-Man from the fifth "flo," over-the-top beautician Sheneneh, and gold-tooth, perm-wearing Jerome. Yes, the same Martin whose love with Gina was so real. Yes, the same Martin where we have too many favorite episodes to count.
A show like this exists. Not only does Bounce TV play awesomely classic movies like The Last Dragon, but it apparently has a new sitcom, My Crazy Roommate, which premiered on October 15, 2013 as the first original scripted show for the Bounce TV network. When I found out it was created and produced by Bentley Kyle Evans, who was co-producer and executive producer of the highly successful sitcoms Martin and The Jamie Foxx Show, I was too amped.
But. My Crazy Roommate was a waste of my excited feelings because it was a bit flat and forced. I tried to really like it. I did. I gave it more than one chance.
To give you some background on the plot, two young women, Brooke (Laila Odom) and Chloe (Brittany Richards), move into a Los Angeles apartment together as they pursue big careers in the entertainment industry. They are from very different backgrounds and often butt heads, but they come together when odd situations arise.
Honestly, My Crazy Roommate has a great concept that needs a little tweaking to be better. It has a lot of potential, but the acting and jokes are sometimes…shall I say…corny. For one, the main character, Brooke, needs to turn down her unconvincing "hood" behavior and speech...it's just a no. Also, many of the characters try too hard to be funny. I will say that Sloan (Gregg Waynes) makes the show bearable. He actual brings some comedic relief, but he isn't on screen much.
On another note, I applaud the diversity of the cast, but it seems unrealistic with a mix of friends that includes a black power guy against "the man," a spineless white gent with an overbearing African American wife, a dumb white dude, and a spoiled princess. Not to mention, for them to be struggling performers, how can they afford such a nice place in Los Angeles? Sigh.
My final note...I sure wish that I could give My Crazy Roommate more than 2 1/2 stars. Maybe the second season will iron out the kinks.
If you're interested in watching, it airs on Tuesday nights at 10.