Mad Love is a new sitcom on CBS with a recognizable story line and familiar faces.
But that's no reason to ignore it.
For example, just because I love traditional brownies doesn't mean I shun a tasty morsel of chocolate simply because someone swirled it with caramel. Duncan Hines is good, but Ghirardelli is fresh and oh-so-scrumptious.
Mad Love is about a group of New York singletons looking for love. A couple find it and connect the group. They drink beverages in a public place and the guys even work together.
Sound familiar? Yes, it's a smidge like the traditional Friends (I miss you!), but it's a doppleganger for the other CBS show How I Met Your Mother.
Do I care? Not really.
In fact, with the exception of Barney Stinson, I may prefer Mad Love. Time will tell.
Mad Love is sugary sweet with the couple consisting of American Pie's Jason Biggs and Sarah Chalke (How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs). Eh. It's fun to be in that just-fell-in-love stage, but honestly, who really likes to see other people enjoying that rush when you're not? It's human nature (or maybe just mine) to hope they fall on their faces and recognize the other person has bad hair days and zits like the rest of the planet's population.
The foils to the lovesick duo are the reason to watch the show. The comedic pairing of Judy Greer (13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses and many more) and Tyler Labine (Reaper) is hilarious. While hating each other, they accompany their best friends in life.
What is so intriguing? I'm waiting for them to pause between insults and realize they're totally hot for each other.
Because, although I may not enjoy watching people gush all over each other while they're in that fresh love stage of a relationship, I do like the electricity of watching sparks fly in what might possibly turn out to be perfection or disaster.
Mad Love is a weekly installment of a modern-day Taming of the Shrew.