Fox has a new animated show called Bless the Harts, and all I had on it was that it was animated, about a Southern Family, and umm, well, Jesus was one of the characters. Okaaaay. I predicted CANCELLATION.
Now that I’ve seen the pilot, let me address the elephant in the room…yes, Jesus is sort of a character. His picture is on the diner wall where the main character works, and from time to time, she imagines him coming down from the wall and talking to her. So sort of a character. Also a bit of a flake, but I digress.
Anyway, the main character is a waitress at a diner, married with a young daughter, a husband who is not the biological father, and living with her mother. This is the lucky-scratch-card crowd, a cross between Married…with Children and the old show, Alice, who worked at Mel’s Diner. The opening episode combines the debt-ridden broke world of Married…with Children with a bit of the get-rich schemes of Bart Simpson. The main character dreams of having enough to pay off her water bill, which the postal delivery woman notes is over due — so overdue in fact that they start putting the threats on the outside, with cartoon images for those who can’t read. Turns out her mother his sitting on a collection of old “Hug and Bug” dolls (like Cabbage Patch dolls mixed with Care Bears) that she hopes will be collectables worth money. Kristen Wiig (SNL) voices Jenny Hart, and does a decent job.
But in the end, I’m just not sure there’s enough there to hold people’s interest. Sticking with Cancellation!