First of all so sorry for the lack of updates. I know VAN HELSING aired it’s season two premiere, but I haven’t been able to see it yet, let alone cap it up for the gallery. When I do I’ll post that plus a HQ still I have. Again so sorry. For now here is an article about Laura’s new series LOUDERMILK where she plays Allison. I might have some promo shots and posters from the series. When that comes on I’ll have the screencaps for you as the show airs. I’m also working on a new layout. Not sure what I’m going to be doing…..
2 new comedies: ‘Loudermilk’ full of laughs, ‘Hit the Road’ just full of it
By David Wiegand The San Francisco Chronicle
October 13, 2017 Updated: October 13, 2017 1:37pm
Sam Loudermilk doesn’t care a whit if you like him. Ken Swallow will do almost anything to win you over.
The lead characters of the new AT&T Audience Network comedies, “Loudermilk” and “Hit the Road,” couldn’t be more unalike. The two shows couldn’t be more unalike either, as you’ll see when they premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 17: “Loudermilk” is a sweet-and-sour gem. “Hit the Road” is television roadkill.
Sam Loudermilk (Ron Livingston) is a former rock journalist and recovering alcoholic who now works as a substance abuse counselor, holding group meetings at a local Catholic church. He is brash, antisocial, irritating, impatient, irascible, generally indifferent to what others think of him and a counterintuitively likable antihero. He rooms with his sponsor, Ben (Will Sasso), regularly tests the patience of Father Michael (Eric Keenleyside) and exercises tough love when it comes to working with his recovery group. He’s as misanthropic about his personal life as he is about his job. Yet, in spite of the fact that he offends new neighbor Allison (Laura Mennell) at their first meeting, she ends up liking the guy. Grudgingly, so do many others.
Father Michael is ready to evict the recovery group from the church because of Loudermilk’s bad behavior, but gives him one last chance: He can stay if he agrees to help Claire (Anja Savcic), the drug-addicted daughter of wealthy and recently widowed Jane Wilkes (Anna Galvin).
The series was created by Peter Farrelly and Bobby Mort, and while the notion of a lovable curmudgeon is hardly new, “Loudermilk” stands out for several reasons, first among them, the show’s beautifully realized scripts, followed closely behind by fascinating performances by Livingston, Savcic and others. Clearly, the writers have paid as much attention to the minor characters as they have the leads. There is an easy naturalism woven nicely into the show, with a focus on character as the driving elements of the story.
Speaking of driving, Jason Alexander co-created “Hit the Road” with Peter Tilden and Dean Craig. The series focuses on a family of musicians who drive around the country in a used RV, trying to get any gig they can. The family includes dad Ken (Alexander), a former used-car dealer from King of Prussia, Pa.; mom Meg (Amy Pietz); teenage daughter Ria (Natalie Sharp), who readily uses sex in a vain attempt to advance her career; son Alex (Nick Marini); dopey and doped, diminutive diva Casey (Maddie Dixon-Poirier); and adopted son Jermaine (Tim Johnson Jr.), who is given to nosebleeds and desperately wants out of the family band. We can identify.
The concept of the family band as the un-Partridge Family isn’t terrible. The execution is. The humor is nonexistent, the raunchiness misfires, the characters are tiresome, the scripts are childish and the performances embarrassing. The family’s last name is Swallow, which leads to a tedious string of obvious jokes that fall flat.
Given how small the bus is and how many Swallows there are, they make a rule for coexistence: no “No. 2s” in the RV. Unfortunately, there is a lot of No. 2 on “Hit the Road.” In fact, the show is full of it.
David Wiegand is an assistant managing editor and the TV critic of The San Francisco Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @WaitWhat_TV
SNOOZING VIEWERHit the Road: Comedy. 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. AT&T Audience Network.
POLITE APPLAUSELoudermilk: Comedy. 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. AT&T Audience Network.
SOURCE: THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE