Tonight, Fox will premiere their new comedy block that features the return of “Arrested Development” star Will Arnett. The show brings several of the cast and crew from the cult series back together for the new series “Running Wilde.” It co-stars Keri Russell, and David Cross, and was created by Mitchell Hurwitz (also from “Arrested Development”). Will these four be a winning combination or will the show hit cancellation bay before the third episode? Check out some early reviews of “Running Wilde”…

The Premise:

Arnett, who co-created the show with Hurwitz and Vallely, stars as Steven Wilde, the immature playboy son of a wealthy oil magnate. Steve thinks only of himself, except for when he’s engaging in games of one-upsmanship with his similarly undermotivated, equally rich neighbor Fa’ad (Peter Serafinowicz). Steve’s only real human connections are to his lifelong errand-boy Migo (Mel Rodriguez) and his lifelong nanny Mr. Lunt (Robert Michael Morris). But then, into Steve’s life comes Emmy Kadubic (Keri Russell), a humanitarian who has been living off in the Amazon rainforest with her 12-year-old daughter Puddle (Stefania Owen) and her environmentalist boyfriend Andy (David Cross). [HitFix]

The Characters:

It is impossible to believe that Steve and Emily once knew each other, never mind that they’re such seemingly different people harboring a secret mutual crush. And I don’t even know what to say about Steve’s Mr. French meets “Driving Miss Daisy” support team or his weird tiny-horse competition with his rich neighbor [LATimes]

But the bigger issue is that Arnett — an adept physical comedian — is no leading man, and he and Russell don’t always seem to connect, much less spark. Owen as Puddle is a freckle-faced delight, but Wilde’s neighbor Fa’ad (Peter Serafinowicz) is embarrassing — are we really still darkening actors’ skin to play “ethnic” roles in 2010? [THR]

The Humor:

The show’s rhythms just aren’t confident yet and that that uncertainty shows. Politically incorrect jokes that must have seemed hilarious on the page get rushed through so quickly that not only is there no chance to laugh, but there’s no desire. The rushed punchlines are especially notable in the revised pilot where the actors seem noticeably tired of some of the jokes that are being recycled from the original pilot. There are things in the new pilot that aren’t funny that used to be funny in the original, because of haste rather than revisions. [HitFix]


“Wilde” is a fast-paced grab bag; it’s hard not to like a character who dunderheadedly imports an Amazon tribe to a five-star hotel rather than tell his dad not to drill on their land, all to prove he’s a decent guy. But for now, audiences will have to sort through the good stuff and toss aside the lumps of coal that keep “Wilde” from being a truly wild ride. [THR]

“Running Wilde” premieres at 9:30-10 p.m. Tuesday, September 21st.

Will you be watching Running Wilde tonight?