Akerman's Kate is a pretty, young party girl when she meets cute with Pete (Bradley Whitford), resulting in a bloody nose and emergency-room trip. A meaningful glance, and presto, they're married, with her inheriting his kids and him dealing with two ex-wives, played by Marcia Gay Harden and "Saturday Night Live's" Michaela Watkins.
The high divorce rate has certainly produced plenty of families with this kind of configuration, as well as sizable age gaps between spouses. Still, in asking the show's likely predominantly female audience to identify with Akerman's Kate, series creators Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern (the concept is described as being "loosely based" on Haskins' real life) are asking an awful lot, and they don't help their cause by doing so little to establish the chemistry between Kate and Pete.
"Trophy Wife" also didn't land an especially desirable timeslot, paired as it is with "The Goldbergs," another uneven family comedy; and following "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD," offering the slim chance a few fanboys still pining for Akerman from her "Watchmen" role will keep their hands off the remote.
So despite promising elements, there simply isn't a lot in this premise that demands a second date, much less a longterm commitment. And while the pilot merits a second look, based on first impressions, "Trophy Wife" won't win any prizes.
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