Last night was the premier of The Real Husbands of Hollywood, and while I was greatly anticipating this comedy spoof of reality TV sitcom, I have found it...lukewarm.
It's true, often during the first season, even during the pilot, a show has to find its sea legs, so to speak. This pilot, however, felt as if the legs were swept right from underneath it.
The focus is on the caricature of Kevin Hart, with such supporting actors [who also portray caricatures of themselves] as Nick Cannon (who I think the real focus should be on), Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin, J.B. Smoove, and the token white guy, Robin Thicke.
The story line for this ep was both weak and contrived--a good portion of it (which carries into episode two) was a fight between Kevin Hart and a nine year old, who Hart now wants to sue. I know that the story lines of "reality" TV are often ridiculous and loosely scripted, but this? Even for a parody of shitty TV programming, is sub-par. Perhaps the writers of this show should study story lines from Dynasty, Flavor of Love, The Celebrity Apprentice, and The Bernie Mac Show just to name a few. The key here, I think, is to have a culmination of places to draw inspiration from as opposed to The Real Housewives of Whatever brand.
I suppose what it boils down to is this: Because we know it's not a reality show, and it is in fact a scripted parody, they have to try that much harder and be superior to that style of television.