OK, it doesn’t premiere until tomorrow night, but thanks to On Demand, I watched it already.
I have to say I really enjoyed it. Although in the same vein as Monk, it’s more casual, even silly, and I enjoyed the two leads. James Roday (the fake psychic who relies on his powers of observation) is the classic slacker character who you’d hate in real life but is funny on the show (though he’s walking a tightrope, since the character could become over-bearing if they’re not careful). Dule Hill (from West Wing) plays a good straight man and lets more of his comedic skills through in an effective deadpan way.
Sure, some of the observations/conclusions were a bit far-fetched, but I like that the camera highlights what he sees, so we’re given an opportunity to piece together the conclusion ourselves before the “reveal” (though, again, I hope they don’t use this excessively to dumb the show down). Nothing really distinctive about the supporting cast, though Timothy Omundson threatens to be too obvious of a nemesis for our “hero”.
All in all, no great shakes, but I liked its breezy style and the two leads, so it’ll make a good companion piece for Monk (which is also funny, but more melancholy).