Abby's: Pilot
April 3, 2019 5:51 AM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Abby's unlicensed backyard bar hits a major snag when new landlord Bill, who recently inherited the house from his deceased aunt, shows up and proposes major changes.
posted by ellieBOA (14 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Natalie Morales is delightful so I'm willing to give this half a season or more to grow into itself. Pilot was clunky, like most are, but she's so damn charming that it almost didn't matter (yet).
posted by GamblingBlues at 6:11 AM on April 3 [4 favorites]


I just want Natalie Morales to have a television show that lasts more than a season that I am going to watch this and see who else I can make watch it.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:13 AM on April 3 [6 favorites]


This was a fun little hangout show. I look forward to seeing it grow into itself and avoid any season-spanning plotlines and give Neil Flynn plenty of script pages that say "WHATEVER NEIL SAYS".
posted by Etrigan at 11:54 AM on April 3


I enjoyed it, kind of like I'm enjoying The Cool Kids and AP Bio right now. Nothing special, but I like the cast and there's enough laughs to keep me coming back. A solid B+.
posted by InfidelZombie at 12:01 PM on April 3


I really like Natalie Morales but this just wasn’t working for me. The live audience was also unpleasant.

But i’ll Give it another few episodes.
posted by Monochrome at 1:46 PM on April 3


Is filming a sitcom outside really difficult? The promo materials kept mentioning it, but I don't notice a big difference, visually, from more conventional in-studio work.
posted by Mogur at 2:39 PM on April 3 [1 favorite]


The live audience was also unpleasant.

Are they ever not?
posted by tobascodagama at 3:15 PM on April 3 [1 favorite]


Is filming a sitcom outside really difficult? The promo materials kept mentioning it, but I don't notice a big difference, visually, from more conventional in-studio work.

Is it difficult? I don’t know. I assume you’re not seeing a big difference because they essentially built a sitcom set outside.
posted by Automocar at 3:37 PM on April 3


I know, that's why I'm asking. They're talking like it was really tough to do.
posted by Mogur at 4:03 PM on April 3 [1 favorite]


Lighting an outdoor set is way harder than lighting an indoor one, that's for sure. And then weather can cause a lot of chaos.

My question is more about why they would bother.
posted by tobascodagama at 4:10 PM on April 3


There's also unexpected background noises that would need to be taken care of. I guess the actors said it gave it more of a theater vibe? IDK.
posted by dinty_moore at 4:14 PM on April 3


Anything to make your show stand out among the other 500 shows, I guess.
posted by Automocar at 6:00 PM on April 3


I too gave it a go for Natalie Morales (Dubdub from Middleman 4EVA), but it felt lifted straight out of the 90s, I could see this leading into the Drew Carey show or something.
posted by Marticus at 9:13 PM on April 3 [3 favorites]


I don't understand why sitcoms air their pilots. They are almost universally so bad compared to the show midstride.

The first three episodes should be held in a vault, and released as Bonus Features if you buy the Season 1 DVD/streaming package. The uptick in initial viewership will go up, let you command higher ad dollars and cancel fewer promising shows that had a rocky start.

So yes, you're leaving money on the table. But I think it's less than the money you'd pick up.

Because that episode showed promise, but so unpleasant to watch. Like being a six year old trying to finish your vegetables so you can get to dessert and not get scurvy.
posted by politikitty at 2:53 PM on April 4 [5 favorites]


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