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"The Winner" Is A Whiny, Boring, Drippy Loser

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Thanks to a boot-licking lead-in from The Family Guy and non-stop promos on Fox, I got suckered into watching last night's debut of The Winner on Fox.

I can't believe Rob Corddry is starring in a show this unfunny. I can't believe Seth MacFarlane executive produced a show this unfunny. I can't believe network execs greenlit a show this unfunny.

I don't get it. Corddry has a proven track record of hilarity on The Daily Show. All that savage wit and mock deadpan humor… Who decided it needed to be crushed into a lifeless ball and flushed down the toilet of mainstream network television?

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The Winner, which is co-written by MacFarlane and fellow Family Guy writer Ricky Blitt, stars Corddry as Glen Abbott, a coddled man-child (excuse me, late bloomer) who at age 32 still lives with his parents, has never held down a job and has never had sex. If all that isn't cute enough, he's also obsessive-compulsive, a choice that smacks of network decision-making at its worst.

"Character" isn't something you create by glopping kooky mannerisms onto a blank canvas. Character comes from point-of-view, which determines how a person thinks, feels and responds. And (one of) the problem(s) with The Winner is that the main character -- the guy who's supposed to carry the show, the guy we're supposed to care about or at least be interested in -- is a whiny, boring, drip.