The quest to get Paget Brewster into a comedy pilot is still underway, but it seems like this has been going on for so long that I really hope this will be the one that sticks. And I say that knowing I probably wouldn’t watch it even if it was picked up to series – I just don’t like the sound of it. But I really want her to find success in comedy because she’s been working so hard to find a sitcom that will workout and has had no such luck. After years on the emotionally detrimental Criminal Minds, I think Brewster needs to make people laugh. Saint Francis might be the one.
Deadline reported Brewster would be co-starring opposite Michael Imperioli in Saint Francis, a multi-camera comedy pilot from Chris Moynihan for ABC. It centers on Francis Quinlan (Imperioli), a blue-collar, no-nonsense Long Island cop and a family man who butts heads with the modern liberal world when his 29-year-old sister gets pregnant out of wedlock. Brewster will play his age-obsessed wife, who dreads her upcoming 40th birthday. However, she acts as the glue in the family when they all rally to support her sister in law. She sounds like an interesting character, but I don’t know how I feel about Francis.
Maybe I’m just tired of hearing cops being described as no-nonsense types (what an over-used descriptor), but it’s more likely that I just don’t feel like watching a cop battle against the world simply because he’s old fashioned. That would grow old fast. I’m scared the character is going to react harshly to his sister’s pregnancy, which wouldn’t be funny at all. I would assume, as a comedy, Saint Francis would look for ways to keep this character light, such as having him come to accept that people have sex and get pregnant regardless of marital status. But for that to happen he has to at first be greatly opposed to the idea. I don’t want to watch that. But for Brewster’s sake, maybe I should.