This week, CBS has officially unveiled their first promo for the upcoming comedy series Broke, and this one has more of an NCIS connection than most. While we don’t exactly think that it’s set in the same world, it does feature Pauley Perrette in her first major role since playing Abby on the CBS crime procedural.
Ultimately, this new promo does a great job of setting out the basic premise for what is going to be coming, as Pauley plays a single mom named Jackie with multiple jobs who finds yet another obstacle thrown at her — the arrival of her rich sister Elizabeth (Natasha Leggero) and her husband Javier (Jaime Camil) on her doorstep. That’s without even mentioning Javier’s assistant, who seems to be fiercely devoted to him despite a very sudden change in his status — he suddenly has no money.
We would describe this comedy, at least based on its current premise, as being almost a family-comedy version of 2 Broke Girls where you’ve got characters (or, in this case multiple characters) finding themselves in dire straights after losing everything. From there, they have to pick themselves up by the bootstraps and get themselves a better life. That’s of course easier said than done, mostly because they have no real experience doing that very thing. They’re a little more accustomed to getting whatever they want.
If you love Pauley, odds are you’re going to want to check this out just for the sake of seeing her — what we like right away is that Jackie is far and away a different character from Abby — she’s rough around the edges because of what she’s gone through, and she’s a mom who doesn’t seem to have a job that she get anywhere near the amount of respect for that Abby did. Yet, she’s a fighter and her caring side is going to come through by not kicking Elizabeth and Javier out the door immediately. Given that we’ve loved Leggero and Camil in a number of the other things that they’ve done over the years, there is potential for this to be a comedy that lasts several seasons — even if it’s not premiering until midseason.
Creatively, the challenge will be simply trying to keep everyone under the same roof since eventually, you have to believe that some of these characters are going to find a little bit more success. It’s largely the same question that even a show like The Big Bang Theory had by the finale — with Sheldon and Amy having a Nobel Prize and with Penny earning so much more money, you have to think that they’re all more than capable of moving out of those apartments!
Once we have more news on Broke, we’ll be sure to let you know. For now, here is your reminder that the NCIS finale is airing on Tuesday night; for more insight on it, head over to the link here.
What do you want to see when it comes to Broke, and do you think that this show could end up being a comedy hit? Be sure to share right now in the comments. (Photo: CBS.)
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