Critic Consensus: Watching Ellie drastically alters its format to better resemble a conventional sitcom, but ditching the stylization only makes the lack of decent material for Louis-Dreyfus all the more apparent.
Tv Season Info
as Ellie Riggs
as Ben Raffield
as Dr. Zimmerman
as Fred Applebaum
as Billy Sandberg
as Jeanie Granaroli
as Security Guard
as Makeup Woman
It's back, and the results of an extensive overhaul are undeniable. It's not so stylish or energetic anymore, and it's still not particularly funny.
Ellie Riggs personifies the real, working-in-the-trenches artist who may or may not be all that talented and may or may not get a break -- just like in real life. If this isn't fodder for comedy, I don't know what is.
The running-time element is gone, and it's videotaped with an audience. But one thing hasn't changed. It's not funny... The Seinfeld curse has struck again.
There's a stridency to Dreyfus's work that smacks of desperation. She seems to be laboring to turn a so-so show into the I Love Lucy of the 21st century.
What began as a demonstration of good actors adventurously struggling with a badly written script has been revamped into a demonstration of good actors desperately struggling with a badly written script.
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