So here’s the scoop. Now get me some ice cream. Don’t forget the sprinkles!
Running Wilde is a failed show on Fox. But what you should realize is that there are a bajillion shows that have been cancelled that didn’t deserve it. It all runs on numbers unfortunately and not by quality. The mind behind Arrested Development went on to create Running Wilde with Will Arnett and David Cross. Comparing cast size of course, Running Wilde was written very similarly. And I thought it was great (but I still prefer the larger cast rather than everything resting on a few pairs of shoulders). But where are we going to get the female sex appeal?!? Keri Russell. Boom. Now granted, Keri Russell is more of a B-level actress but that really is just her film level. I think she’s a great comedic TV actress and she played a great second to Will Arnett. Which is what the show was really about…it was the Will Arnett show. That’s all you really need to know.
Several reasons add up to it’s downfall. 1) It’s a bit more difficult for people to relate to trust fund babies on TV. Just is. So when the show hardly ever leaves the mansion…you get bored. The middle class is where your ratings are coming from, stick to a more relatable setting. 2) I like Keri Russell. She has down to earth celebrity appeal. But I want to see her acting range stretched. She only seems to exist in a confined area. It’s comedy, do what you have to do to make it work. 3) No one cared about Keri Russell’s daughter. Re-cast her. Give her a bigger part in the show. It’ll stretch the on-screen dynamics. 4) Another thing I hate about rich characters with no financial limit is that they’re missing an episode plot ceiling for them to break through. I was explaining this same reason to a guy at work who was trying to get me to watch Doctor Who. I’ve tried. I can’t do it. One guy with essentially infinite powers saving a different planet or place in time gets boring. Let’s equate that to the first two Transformer movies. “Action! Yeah! More Action! Yeah! Action…action….screw this, I have laundry to do.”
But don’t leave here on a negative note! It’s only 13 episodes and it’s streamable on Netflix. Each episode is fast paced and 22-ish minutes long. It’s an easy watch and it definitely has its moments to enjoy.