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‘I Feel Bad’ sneak preview tops TV choices for the week

September 16, 2018 GMT

‘I Feel Bad’ sneak preview tops TV choices for the week

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The new NBC comedy “I Feel Bad” gets a sneak preview before its official premiere on Thursday, Oct. 4, in its usual 9:30-10 p.m. time slot.

“I Feel Bad” (10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, WKYC Channel 3): NBC executives think they have one of the best new comedies of the fall, and they just might be right. “I Feel Bad” gets rolling with some real good stuff. The network feels so good about this one, it’s giving executive producer Amy Poehler’s rookie series a special two-episode sneak preview behind the season finale of “America’s Got Talent.” Sarayu Blue stars as Emet, a woman struggling with the constant realization that she’s an imperfect mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter. She tends to feel bad when she has a sexy dream about someone other than her husband, when she pretends not to know her kids when they misbehave in public, when she uses her office staff to help solve personal problems. The challenge is to accept the imperfection – to learn how to be perfectly OK with not being perfect. This sly newcomer is based on Orli Auslander’s book “I Feel Bad: All Day. Every Day. About Everything.” The supporting cast includes Paul Adelstein, Aisling Bea, Zach Cherry, Johnny Pemberton and James Buckley.

“The Good Cop” (Friday, Sept. 21, Netflix): “Monk” co-creator Andy Breckman is the executive producer behind this 10-episode comedy-drama police procedural based on the Israeli show of the same named (created by Erez and Tomer Aviram). Tony Danza (“Taxi,” “Family Law”) and singer-actor Josh Groban star in this odd-couple father-and-son series about Tony Caruso Sr. and Jr. Tony Sr. is a disgraced former New York police officer who never followed the rules. Tony Jr. is an obsessively honest cop who scrupulously follows every rule. Tony Sr. is sure he can teach his son a thing or two. Tony Jr. is trying to keep an eye on his crooked but kindhearted dad.

“Maniac” (Friday, Sept. 21, Netflix): Oscar winner Emma Stone (“La La Land”) and two-time Oscar nominee Jonah Hill (“Moneyball” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”) star in this dark comedy based on the even more bizarre Norwegian television series. Set in a world somewhat like our own, the series follows disaffected and aimless Annie Landsberg (Stone) and wealthy Owen Milgrim (Hill), who has struggled with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia. The two strangers are drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial for different reasons. Sally Field and Justin Theroux play doctors who are recurring characters.

“Quincy” (Friday, Sept. 21, Netflix): Also opening in theaters on Friday, this documentary about music legend Quincy Jones was directed by his daughter, Rashida Jones, and Al Hicks. Among those featured in the film are Quincy Jones, Mary J. Blige, Tony Bennett, Bono, Will Smith, Jay Z, Peggy Lipton, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey.