Fall Anticipation Rankings: #14 - Do Not Disturb
Fall Anticipation Rankings: #14 - Do Not Disturb
BuddyTV is looking at the 17 new shows the major networks will premiere this Fall to see which ones are worth getting excited about and which ones we have low expectations for.

Show Description: A glamorous New York hotel has a not-so-glamorous staff in this multi-camera comedy project.  It's the classic “upstairs/downstairs” clash between the have-not employees and the social elite that they serve.

When: Thursdays at 9:30pm on NBC

Cast: Jerry O'Connell, Niecy Nash, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Molly Stanton, Jolene Purdy, Brando Eaton

Anticipation: I don't expect this show to even make it through its 13 episodes.  Jerry O'Connell has done much better with drama (Crossing Jordan, Las Vegas) than with comedy (Carpoolers).  Kangaroo Jack still goes down as one of the worst movies of all time, in my book.  Nash was funny on Reno 911 but perhaps not funny enough to carry her own sitcom.

Minority Opinion by Don Williams:  I would never say that I'm excited for a new FOX comedy. Especially one that features both a laugh track and Jerry O'Connell. However, the one thing that makes Do Not Disturb stand out from the rest of the pack is the fact that it has people from the late, great Arrested Development behind the scenes. Not only did AD writer Abraham Higginbotham create the series, but the pilot episode is directed by the indispensable Jason Bateman. With that kind of pedigree, Do Not Disturb certainly has a better chance at being memorable than past FOX offerings like Back to You and 'Til Death.

Similar Shows: The patriarch of all hotel themed shows is the UK's Fawlty Towers, but Do Not Disturb shares little with that series besides the basic premise.  The show actually feels a bit like Carpoolers, the story of everyday, hardworking people.  The problem is that often times, that's just not interesting enough so the writers of these shows put normal people in abnormal situations, just for laughs.  I'd compare it to The Office except I'm certain it won't be as funny.


(Image Courtesy of FOX)