I’m not a parent, but I can imagine what it feels like to have an empty house when your kids have left the nest.
Call Your Mother premiered last night on ABC. Jean Raines (Kyra Sedgwick) is a middle aged widow from the Midwest. Her kids, Jackie (Rachel Sennott) and Freddie (Joey Bragg) have both moved to Los Angeles. After calling her son four days in a row and not receiving a response, Jean decides that an impromptu trip to the coast is necessary. Trying to insert herself into their now adult lives, Jean is surprised by the reaction she receives and changes in her children’s lives.
The purpose of a pilot is to introduce the audience to the characters and the narrative. The nuances and deeper dives come later. The problem is that this show is predictable with a capital P. While I understand Jean’s motivation, her extreme enthusiasm towards her kids is just too much. She is also culturally and technologically clueless, playing on the stereotype that once you get a certain age, you start to lose touch with the world around you.
Do I recommend it? No.
Call Your Mother airs on ABC on Wednesdays at 9:30 PM.