Wedding Band Season 1
Created By Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle, Wedding Band premiered
with decent ratings but struggled to sustain the numbers, falling victim
to the cancellation axe after a sparse ten episode season. Did this
amicable comedy have its wings prematurely clipped or was it a turkey
that was always destined for the chopping block?
In my personal opinion Wedding Band is a show that, despite some
shortcomings, is packed with potential comedic gold. The simple premise
of a group of four friends and their misadventures as a wedding band was
certainly malleable enough to sustain further seasons of hilarity.
Indeed, the myriad of storylines include a feud with a Boy Band tribute
band that leads to the theft of instruments owned by one Ms. Courtney
Love, primary protagonist Tommy (Brian Austin Green) having to contend
with the ire of chagrined sci-fi fans after he inadvertently let slip
the disappointing ending of their beloved show and Drummer Barry
becoming enamoured with a “wise, magical black child” who seemingly has
the answers to all of their problems, in a sly riff on the “Magical
Signing with the prestigious ‘Rutherford Events’, the band find
themselves thrust into a myriad of quirky situations, with each episode
ending with a unique cover of a popular song – Think Kiss’s “Rock and
Roll All Nite” rendered as a bouncy polka song and you’re on the
Despite showing such promise, the show does have its flaws; female
characters are painted rather thinly, conforming to archetypes long
established as sitcom mainstays: The coy gradual love interest, the
sexed-up, ball breaking boss, the wife with a quirky job – Given time
the characters may have developed more dimension, but throughout this
season they certainly play second fiddle to the band themselves.
The band members have great chemistry, with Austin Green’s capable
performance bolstered by Peter Cambor, Harold Perrineau and Derek Miller
channelling his inner Jack Black. Playing off of one another
effortlessly, it’s easy to believe that they’re really just four friends
stumbling through life. Guest stars abound, with screen grabbing turns
from Ken Marino, Megan Fox, Molly Sims and more.
The writing, whilst occasionally cheesy, is fairly solid all around. Now
and then a joke will miss the mark (Some of the blame can be attributed
to some odd editing choices) or hang in the air like a stale fart, but
the witty exchanges, pop culture references and irreverent humour more
than make up for those few that miss the mark. There’s an extremely odd
product placement for the Toyota Camry that is blatantly inserted into
the show and played for laughs; although this doesn’t exactly work as
intended, it’s this kind of outside-the-box writing that works best
within the context of the show, with the irreverent moments adding a
unique flavour to the sometimes slightly contrived storylines.
I Love College
Don’t Forget About Me
Time Of My Life
Get Down On It
We Are Family
I Don’t Wanna Grow Up
End Of The World As We Know It
The image quality is fairly impressive for DVD, with clean colours and a
crisp, detailed picture; there is some noticeable strobing in certain
scenes, mainly those featuring strong reds, but this issue only popped
up briefly on two episodes, so it’s no biggie. The sound quality is up
to par; some of the renditions of cover songs can come off as a bit
flat, but this is due more to the performance rather than the quality of
the audio. All around a competent transfer.
Unfortunately there aren’t any special features on this release, unless
you count closed captions. This is a shame, as some commentaries or a
behind the scenes look would have been warmly welcomed, especially in
retrospect of the show’s cancellation.
I rather enjoyed Wedding Band; it’s an agreeable little comedy
that makes good use of its premise. The cover songs are generally fairly
catchy and the performances of the core cast are superb. I think that a
lot of the blame for its early cancellation can be laid at the feet of
TBS’s marketing department; going off of the promos that seemed to paint
Wedding Band as a more rock-centric Glee, I had no
interest at all in watching the show, and, but for reviewing this set,
would never have experienced the witty and concise writing of this
amicable little beast.
An enjoyable ride, Wedding Band invites you to join the
celebrations and you could do much worse than R.S.V.P for this event.