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PIVOTING is a single-camera comedy about how we deal with life, death and all the crazy things that happen in between. Set in a small, middle-class town in Long Island, NY, the series follows three women (Eliza Coupe, Ginnifer Goodwin, Maggie Q) – and close-knit childhood friends – as they cope with the death of the fourth member of their group. When faced with the reality that life is short, these women pivot, and alter their current paths, by way of a series of impulsive, ill-advised and self-indulgent decisions. These pivots will strengthen their bond and prove it’s never too late to screw up your life in the pursuit of happiness.

Premieres on FOX this Sunday, January 9, 2022, 8:30 EST, subsequent episodes will air on Thursdays.

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I liked this. I was sure that the blond woman was going to go home early and find her perfect husband cheating, so I'm glad the show didn't go there. I'll give it a try for a few more episodes for sure. 

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I didn't hate this, which surprised me.

As a former grocery store cashier and bakery/deli worker, I really liked that they showed that the doctor didn't have the experience needed for the grocery store job. People think those jobs are "low skilled", but they aren't at all. It's hard, memory-dependent manual labor while interacting with people all day in a chaotic environment.

"So-and-so broke his parole so I got the job." Nope. That's not how it works. I hope she is shown her struggling in the grocery job. Or maybe switch to a family/general practice? Anything that's less pressure than an E.R. doctor?

I liked Eliza Coupe from Happy Endings, but I didn't at all understand her never spending time with her THREE kids. Granted, I don't have kids, but all I was thinking was, if you don't want to be around kids, maybe don't have them...or at least stop at one...? I was "raised" by neglectful/absent parents, so I don't have any patience for parents who complain about their kids. There were choices.

I have an extremely low tolerance for Gennifer Goodwin after watching a couple of seasons of Once Upon a Time. The "skinny jeans" segment was just stupid, and I had second-hand embarrassment for the actors.

I'll probably watch the second episode and see how it goes. I want to like this show.

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36 minutes ago, bilgistic said:

"So-and-so broke his parole so I got the job." Nope. That's not how it works. I hope she is shown her struggling in the grocery job. Or maybe switch to a family/general practice? Anything that's less pressure than an E.R. doctor?

This was my big complaint.  There is simply no way that one would go from being a doctor to a job bagging groceries.  (And that is not a jab at grocery clerks.  I have no doubt it is a hard job.  I couldn't do it.)  If she wanted to get away from the pressures of the ER, there are so many medically related jobs she could take that would be less taxing.   They did something similar on Young Sheldon with the college professor taking the job at a grocery store.  Its just not something that would happen. 

The physical trainer was the kid from the underrated Bless this Mess.  I always thought he was the highlight of that show. 

Overall, I didn't hate it.  Will give it a few more tries to see if it finds its footing.     

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41 minutes ago, bilgistic said:

I liked Eliza Coupe from Happy Endings, but I didn't at all understand her never spending time with her THREE kids.

It was two kids. I didn’t understand her thing of how she hadn’t been going directly home after work. What did she do before, instead of going home? Sit at a bar all evening?

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14 hours ago, bilgistic said:

I liked Eliza Coupe from Happy Endings

I liked her from Future Man.

Not buying the doctor just ditching years of medical training to do something non-medical related.  I don't think that will last long.

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17 hours ago, Bulldog said:

This was my big complaint.  There is simply no way that one would go from being a doctor to a job bagging groceries.  (And that is not a jab at grocery clerks.  I have no doubt it is a hard job.  I couldn't do it.)  If she wanted to get away from the pressures of the ER, there are so many medically related jobs she could take that would be less taxing.   They did something similar on Young Sheldon with the college professor taking the job at a grocery store.  Its just not something that would happen.

I knew this was a comedy when the grocery store employees looked happy while they worked. I had fun cutting up with my coworkers, but my jobs and the environment/companies were hot garbage--horrifically toxic management to the point of borderline abuse, nonsustainable wages (~75% of us were on food stamps), overall morale in the toilet. Maybe we were seeing Maggie Q's perception of working in a grocery store?

17 hours ago, kariyaki said:

It was two kids. I didn’t understand her thing of how she hadn’t been going directly home after work. What did she do before, instead of going home? Sit at a bar all evening?

I thought there was one that was maybe preteen, then another that was mid-elementary school aged, and then the baby/toddler. I kind of zone out when there are kids in a show. There could be two or 12. It's too many for me.

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9 minutes ago, bilgistic said:

I thought there was one that was maybe preteen, then another that was mid-elementary school aged, and then the baby/toddler. I kind of zone out when there are kids in a show. There could be two or 12. It's too many for me.

Ginnifer Goodwin had a teenager and two grade school aged kids. Eliza Coupe had a toddler and a grade school aged kid. The teenager is who was watching all the kids when they were at the hospital. Watching four kids? I hope they paid her well.

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On 1/7/2022 at 3:39 PM, kariyaki said:

Premieres on FOX this Sunday, January 9, 2022, 8:30 EST, subsequent episodes will air on Thursdays.

Long Island? Nope!!😂

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I will give it a couple more episodes to get the background of the characters stuff out of the way and hopefully it will get a little better. I liked Gennifer the best mostly since I loved her on OUAT. There is an ease to her acting that I like. The other two are going to have to grow on me because I have been spoiled by Brianna on Frankie and Grace in the cold woman character and the other lady is just super bland to me. They are a bit stilted and yet over acting-ish also for me. I hope the show finds a groove because I want to see more of the actors at the grocery store. The man doing the job interview needs to be a main character, ha.

As far as changing jobs and grocery stores, toxic people, down with the struggle and so on and so on blah blah, sometimes it is a case of where ever you go, there you are. I don't think that is her story, I hope it isn't because the wherever you go there you are plots aren't fun. 

Did anyone else notice the yellow keep out tape across the bathroom door at the ending scene? The same bathroom that she changed the kids diaper in earlier? 

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I love Maggie Q and her character is so far the most normal, except for the weird doctor/grocery bagger thing.  Ginnifer Goodwin is doing the ditsy character her voice usually nets her.  (Big Love, Mona Lisa Smile, She's Just Not That Into You)

But the blonde--Eliza Coupe?  I don't know her--is making this show unwatchable for me.  Twice in the first five minutes of the second episode, she expresses her resentment at not being given special privileges by knocking over stuff for other people to clean up, and then strolling away.  Her interaction with her husband, children and friends is appalling.  Is this character's behavior enjoyable? 

Is the "pivot" going to be that the main character stops being so entitled?

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God forbid a person should actually work hard!

I am trying to like this show, but it seems to be devoted to adults acting like children.

The one woman is chasing after her trainer (who, honestly, is being kind of shady, inviting her to the park on days she's not scheduled for a session) and openly planning an affair. The other is an entitled onboxious jerk to everyone from the barista to her husband and demands a breast exam in a public place from her friend who's on the clock. I don't mind the third woman as much, but her ability to quit her job with no notice and take a stupendous pay cut with no repercussions seems pretty absurd. 

My best friend died and I didn't do any of that stuff, so I don't really get it. They all just seem like spoiled adolescents.

Also, Eliza Coupe's hair, which I hope is a wig, looks sstringly and terrible, and Ginnifer Goodman's make up made her look like a ghost.

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So, I missed the pilot but I caught the second episode last night because I'm trying to get into more comedies and...I don't think I'll be back for another. I didn't find the show that good. It had some awkward dialogue and some unfunny moments. And it's a shame because I love Ginnifer and Maggie, and I'm sure I've seen Eliza in other things that I enjoyed, but this wasn't very good.

They were just delivering messages that were quite bizarre, such as it's ok to slack off because it's worse to be a tattletale? And it's ok to cheat with some trainer? Not to mention the bizarre inappropriateness of the friends in public spaces.

I know it's none of the actresses because all of them are quite talented and capable of carrying a show. But the writing is not very good and I was hoping it would be.

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15 hours ago, possibilities said:

God forbid a person should actually work hard!

Having worked retail, I can say that long-term employees tend to resent the hell out of new employees who come in with all this enthusiasm for how they're going to make everything better.  So that part rang true for me.

It's not a great show but it fills a spot in the schedule for me, so I'm hanging around for now.  At least until I get bored.

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11 hours ago, proserpina65 said:

Having worked retail, I can say that long-term employees tend to resent the hell out of new employees who come in with all this enthusiasm for how they're going to make everything better.  So that part rang true for me.

I worked in retail for a while but I couldn't stand it because 2/3 of the people there were dead weight trying to do as little as possible, and the rest of us were swamped by customers and tasks that needed doing. So, yes, I know that people who work retail often hate it and do as little as they possibly can, but I'm not actually sympathetic to their lassitude.

Likewise, the kids who hated anyone who actually did homework, etc? They can slack off all they want, but the desire to insult anyone who isn't doing so strikes me as frankly the work of anti-social idiots. So... I don't get that personality at all and don't like seeing it elevated and normalized, not only by the retail workers on this show but also by the two friends who think their bestie whose nerdiness is a bad thing, and that it's a great idea to drag someone away from work before their shift is over, not because their project is urgent, but because they think it will somehow improve her personality. 

Clearly, this show is not for me.

The thing is, I liked Superstore, and the retail workers on that show hated their jobs and often were slacking off, but they weren't portrayed as righteous when they were bullies. It was accurate without being glorifying. Like with The Office, there was a portrayal of how a person could find their job miserable, and why that was so, and how people dealt with that in a variety of ways... but when they were dysfunctional or wrong, they weren't made to seem like their dysfunctions were righteous, even if you understood how they got there. 

With this show, so far it seems to be delighting in the encouragement and promotion of dysfunction, just for its own sake. It's adolescent bullies in adult lives, running around being shitty and making excuses. It's openly plotting an affair, trashing the coffee shop, using your grief as an excuse to be shitty instead of actually dealing with your feelings, and just generally acting out with no care for the impact it has on other people. I can laugh at dysfunction, but so far this show is not working for me.

It's too bad, because the cast could have done something great, and the premise is a good one. But the writing is absolute shit.

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What the hell was with the opening scene ?  Trying to use an expired gift card so Amy decides to trash the place.  They feel entitled to free coffee because their friend died.  These 3 women are awful.  

Plus, the whole episode wasn't funny.  It's supposed be a comedy, right ?

8 hours ago, possibilities said:

But the writing is absolute shit.

Agreed, the writing is just terrible.

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I want to like this show, but the writing makes it nearly impossible. A bunch of entitled brats who trash a coffee shop because they can’t use someone else’s expired coffee card is so 2022. 

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On 1/15/2022 at 9:21 AM, Corgi-ears said:

The kerning on the title really bothers me. #fontcop

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Had to google.  Learned something new.  Thanks, fontcop.

 

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I don’t mind this show and will continue to watch because I like the actresses, but the pilot was definitely better than the second episode. 

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enjoying it so far. First time seeing Maggie Q in a comedy. Seeing Ginnifer Goodwin as a mother makes me feel so old, first time i noticed her was long long long ago as a high school student on Ed.

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This was my big complaint.  There is simply no way that one would go from being a doctor to a job bagging groceries.  (And that is not a jab at grocery clerks.  I have no doubt it is a hard job.  I couldn't do it.)  If she wanted to get away from the pressures of the ER, there are so many medically related jobs she could take that would be less taxing.  

It was because the grocery store employees all seemed to be so happy and having fun. That’s what she wanted in her work life, although it could have been projection rather than reality.

It does bug me when doctors or lawyers (whether on tv or in real life) quit their jobs because they can’t handle the pressure. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. I just read an article about a lawyer who quit because the firm expected her to be available 24/7 and she wanted some family time. So she quit and became an artist. Now that’s all well and good, but what about the 8 years of education? What about the debt to pay for it? Why not put up a shingle and run your own little law office doing family law or estate law or whatever? Make it work somehow. Why totally quit what clearly was an interest for many years? Makes no sense. This show was the same. ER doctoring is too high pressure? Then downsize, open a family practice, take on only as many patients as you want. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

That said, I liked the show. It was silly and exaggerated by design. It’s hard to find shows about women being friends.

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