Anne Heche stars in the "burn-off" comedy "Save Me," the new NBC sitcom that has very little shot at life beyond this six-episode, three week run. Heche stars as suburban housewife and raging alcoholic, Beth. Only after "dying" one night by choking on a sandwich, she is revived and given the power to talk to God.
While she saw it as a chance to try and fix her life, as well as repair her relationships within her family and neighborhood, it's not going to be an easy road. She's burned a lot of bridges and they won't be so quickly repaired. At least the communication with God appears to be real, meaning she has valuable information and advice for those she cares about. And a little bit of divine lighting from time to time.
Her husband was having an affair, but after Beth's near-death experience -- or was it a death experience? -- he started to gravitate back toward his wife. So the mistress, Carly, showed up in the rain one night to confront her romantic nemesis. Beth threatened to call 911, but Carly called her out.
“You big fat wuss. Instead of dialing 9-1-1, why don’t you just tap God?" she challenged -- and then promptly got struck by lightning and put into a coma.
“Heche, who's had a history with hearing voices in her personal life, seems game for poking fun at her past, but she deserves a better vehicle," said Zap2It. "Everything about ‘Save Me’ feels half-baked, like it's a script that would've been written to air on Showtime alongside ‘Weeds’ and ‘United States of Tara,’ but sat on the shelf unfinished, until NBC decided it wanted to adapt it for network television.”
Entertainment Weekly agreed, writing, "It's just not funny enough. I think what 'Save Me' really wants to be is a sly, prickly black comedy, not the broad, feel-good yukker that it tries to be for most of the pilot — an approach that actually yields few laughs.”
Did you think "Save Me" was funny enough? Fans can tune in for a little while longer every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC to see how Beth's journey progresses.
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