“As a serialized show with a mountain of plot, ‘Big Time in Hollywood, FL’ (which debuted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015) represents a departure for Comedy Central, a channel built on sketch shows, topical comedy and episodic animation. It’s part of a growing trend toward narrative ambition in television comedy that raises the question: Is there a trade-off between story and laughs?”
The story adds: “More often than at any time in the past, television comedy, particularly the non-network kind, is willing to sacrifice laughs in pursuit of more varied pleasures. It’s part of what makes it such an unpredictable and exciting time for this genre. ‘Big Time’ doesn’t aim for the nuance or emotional wallop of HBO’s ‘The Comeback,’ but it does set itself a difficult challenge: being as suspenseful as it is funny.”
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