TV Club: The premiere of Feed The Beast sets a familiar table

It’s not uncommon for a pilot episode to try to do too much, to the point where it never manages to establish exactly what kind of show it’s trying to launch. If there’s a ton of backstory to be delivered, as there is in “Pilot Light,” the result can be an inelegant mishmash of expository dialogue and under-motivated action designed to hold our attention while we’re spoon-fed the necessary information. That’s definitely the case with this first episode of Feed The Beast, which is (to use a metaphor that would resonate with its lead characters) an undercooked meal prepared with some very familiar ingredients.

David Schwimmer, fresh off the acting triumph that was his Robert Kardashian in The People Vs. O.J. Simpson, stars as Tommy Moran, a grieving widower and former sommelier now working as a wine rep while raising his 10-year-old son TJ …

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