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2 Broke Girls Sparks Controversy at The Winter Tour

2 Broke Girls Sparks Controversy at The Winter Tour

January 11, 2012 by Marc Berman in Highlights with 1 Comment

Considering sitcom 2 Broke Girls is the highest rated new series this season (a bona fide hit, actually), you might have thought a session with stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs and creator/executive producer Michael Patrick King would be flawlessly optimistic.  But inquisitive members of the press were adamant to know: Has CBS (more specifically Nina Tassler) asked Michael Patrick King to further develop the supporting characters that have been wildly criticized as being one-dimensional?

Tassler at her earlier executive session was quoted as saying the following:

“I think that our comments and our dialogue with Michael is, yes, continue to dimensionalize, continue to get more specific, and continue to build them out. But, again, our track record shows that we do know how to build comedy hits. We’ve done that with all of the comedies that are on the air, and we’ll continue to do that to 2 Broke Girls.”

According to Michael Patrick King, who eventually admitted there was a conversation.  “The characters are dimensional. And they are seen in segments of 21 minutes; you are limited in the amount of dimension you can see.”

To the critic asking the question he said: ”I will call you in five years to see if you think the characters are fleshed out.”

Given the growing tension in the room, one has to wonder if Chestnut the horse was one of the dimensional supporting characters the press was referring to.  Mr. Ed, after all, had plenty more to do on his classic sitcom!

At present, 2 Broke Girls will continue to do what it is obviously successful at: pushing the envelope with dialogue and situations that are just plain funny.  To the question asked about the questionable content on the show:

“Our show is a big, ballsy comedy, but it has a bigger heart than it has balls.  If we existed only in naughty jokes without pathos, I would be unhappy.”

Marc Berman
by Marc Berman

Marc Berman is the Editor in Chief for TV Media Insights, the online destination for television and media. Berman has appeared on camera for Extra, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, The CBS Evening News, CNN, and more; and his 2014 desk calendar, “Today in TV History,” is presently available.

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  • Tom L.

    Marc, I have to continue to disagree with you about this show…I agree that they are good at “pushing the envelope with dialogue,” but to call it “just plain funny” is really subjective…I find the show very “unfunny” and basically a hit because it showcases T&A as well as vulgar language. There is no real substance.

    But, that is the beauty of television–everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and we don’t have to always agree–lol! I still love ya!

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