If NBC’s “Bent” romantic comedy gets tossed on the dust pile of short-lived series after tonight’s two episodes air — as TV pundits across the land predict — it certainly won’t be for lack of effort on the cast’s part to save the show.
Charming hottie David Walton tells us his schedule this past week included an intensive radio tour, TV and print interviews. “Whatever is out there, I’ll do. I’ve been whoring myself out as much as possible” as he puts it. “I love it. I love talking about the show. The NBC publicity team has been helpful. I don’t really know how publicity works, but I’m sure the more people hear about it, the better the chance people will watch, so I’ve been telling strangers. I opened a bank account yesterday and I told the teller I would withhold my opening of the account if she didn’t watch.”
The series, with Walton as a surfer dude contractor working for Amanda Peet’s no-nonsense corporate lawyer/single mom character, has its flaws. But it also has appeal in the actors’ chemistry, fun repartee and Jeffrey Tambor as Walton’s father, a frustrated actor. It certainly appears to have more going for it than other shows given more of a chance than its stingy run. Six episodes are being burned off in three weeks — opposite “American Idol” and “Modern Family.” Really, it looks like the network is committing sericide.
But Walton is being as upbeat as possible, in his actory way, as he stresses the collection of good reviews amassed by “Bent.” He adds, “The first episode was good, but by the third and fourth we hit our stride and were dying to do more. We’ll end our run, and then for a month and a half we’ll wait for our fate.”