Need something to look forward to after the holiday season wraps up this Friday?
Look no further than the new Fox sitcom, Call Me Kat.
Stick with the show and don’t judge it solely on the pilot. Because this could be one of the most perfect dream casts ever assembled: Mayim Bialik, Leslie Jordan, Cheyenne Jackson, Swoosie Kurtz, Kyla Pratt and Julian Gant.
The pilot, like so many, feels a little clunky. There’s a lot of Bialik talking directly to the camera, which somehow seems so much more forced than the gimmick when utilized successfully in shows such as Malcolm in the Middle and Fleabag. The laugh track distracts immensely, too, but we think we’ve gotten so used to single-camera TV shows that anything with audience laughter feels completely outdated.
But stick with it. (Reminding you again.)
We worked our way through the first four episodes and the cast continues to gel, the characters start finding their motivations, the direct-to-camera narration dwindles a bit, and most importantly, the laughs increase. We can only hope it gets even better from here.
So, what’s the plot, you ask?
In a nutshell, Bialik plays an oddball named Kat who runs a cat café. Her interactions with employees, friends and customers gets her into all sorts of situations where she gets to show off her awkwardness.
That’s really all you need to know.
Plus, any chance to see Leslie Jordan on TV always makes us happy. And Swoosie Kurtz. Looooove that gal!
Stick with it long enough and you’ll even get to hear Cheyenne Jackson sing.
Another reason we really want this to succeed is the number of LGBTQ characters, cast members and behind-the-scenes players (Jim Parsons serves as an exec producer). The delightful Jack Plotnick even shows up in an early episode.
Despite a few hairballs at the onset, we think this Kat could have plenty more lives.
Call Me KatPhoto credit: Lisa Rose/FOX
Premieres Sunday, January 3 after NFL
Time slot premiere Thursday, January 7