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OUT: Two Broke Girls. The same couldn't be said of Two Broke Girls, which engaged in some obnoxious racist caricaturing, and basically had all of its thunder stolen by Dunham's show -- it just played like a tamer, second-rate version.
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Sardonic and street-smart waitress Max (Kat Dennings) is saddled with her polar opposite when the prissy Caroline (Beth Behrs) gets a job at her diner.
Welcome to Williamsburg
Or more specifically, the Williamsburg Diner, where Max dishes more one-liners than cheeseburgers. It's also where she meets Caroline, an uptown girl who is secretly the daughter of a disgraced billionaire. You might think the pairing of opposites to create comedy is a little clich}, but it's carried by the actresses' pitch-perfect performances.
Following work, the pair dives into the local Brooklyn nightlife. Kat gives Caroline some tips on surviving outside of the Upper East Side, warning Caroline not to wear her fancy leather jacket (we'll let it slide that Williamsburg is actually a hipster den of gentrification...). Then the truth comes out: Caroline has nowhere to stay. Will Kat offer up her apartment to this other-borough Barbie?
The Nanny Diaries
Turns out Kat refuses to let her stay at her Greenpoint abode -- until she discovers that Caroline spent the night sleeping on the subway. Kat's Grinch heart melts somewhat when at her second job -- she nannies for a rich, young Upper East Side mom -- she finds out that Caroline is flat broke and, essentially, persona non grata in her Gossip Girl (http://www.cwtv.com/shows/gossip-girl) crowd.
Cupcakes or Bust
When Kat kicks out her cheating boyfriend -- despite his Situation-like abs -- it looks like the girls will be roomies after all. Not only that, Caroline has already concocted a plan: with her business background (an MBA from Wharton) and Kat's baking skills (she makes cupcakes for the diner), the two of them are going to start their own business!
Not all the jokes here hit -- in fact, quite a few fall flat -- but Dennings and Behrs have undeniable chemistry. And, because both these ladies have solid comic timing, with slightly better material, they could give the generic set-up some flair.
Prospects: This is one of the most touted premieres of the season and the stars are clearly talented -- my bet is that CBS will let this one run.
Opening scene in the diner, Max is waiting tables:
"No, hipster. Do not think we're on the same team. I wear knit hats when it's cold out. You wear knit hats because of Coldplay."
- Max to a rude customer
Max, talking to her boss:
"Are you sure we can't get the meth addict back? She was really good at cleaning."
- Max, trying to dissuade her boss from hiring the prissy Caroline
In the kitchen, Oleg (Jonathan Kite) to Max:
"You look so beautiful, I forgot how bad your personality is."
- The cook, Oleg, to Max