Running Wilde Because Running Wilde comes to us from three guys crucial to Arrested Development exec producers Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely and exec producer/star Will Arnett… Running Wilde Because Running Wilde comes to us from three guys crucial to Arrested Development exec producers Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely and exec producer/star Will Arnett… 2010-09-21 Comedy Will Arnett Keri Russell
TV Review

Running Wilde (2010)

RUNNING WILDE Peter Serafinowicz and Will Arnett
Image credit: Ed Araquel/FOX
RUNNING WILDE Peter Serafinowicz and Will Arnett
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Start Date: Sep 21, 2010; Genre: Comedy; With: Will Arnett and Keri Russell

Because Running Wilde comes to us from three guys crucial to Arrested Development exec producers Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely and exec producer/star Will Arnett — it arrives with certain higher expectations than we may be bringing to, say, Outsourced. And because Arnett costars in the sitcom with Keri Russell, it arrives with inevitable questions about their comedic compatibility.

It turns out that Russell holds her own with Arnett in this tale of a rich jerk (that would be Arnett) trying to buy the affections of a woman he's loved for years (Russell). She uses her wide eyes to express disbelief at the foolish, spendthrift ways of Arnett's Steven Wilde. Russell, who plays indigent professional do-gooder Emmy, also has a clever daughter named Puddle (the devilishly good Stefania Owen). This trio is supplemented by two characters who work for Steven, one of whom, Robert Michael Morris, will for me always be Mickey the makeup man on Lisa Kudrow's great, short-lived The Comeback.

Another Arrested alum, David Cross, pops up very amusingly as Andy, Emmy’s fiancé, a radical environmentalist and a complete idiot. I wish I could report that this cheerfulsounding mishmash of talented performers results in big laughs, but it's more like small ones — even for the sight gags, such as one involving a miniature pony. Tucked into a time period following the big, broad comedy of Raising Hope, Running Wilde seems like a boutique laugh factory. I wonder how long it can stay in business. B–

See all of this week's reviews

Sign up for EW.com's What to Watch Newsletter!

What to watch on TV. Hear what's on tap for the night ahead and get witty, morning after recaps of top shows (sent weekday mornings).
Originally posted Sep 22, 2010 Published in issue #1122 Oct 01, 2010 Order article reprints