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A review of The Wedding Band, television's latest offering of a musical comedy

Updated on November 21, 2012
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3 stars for The Wedding Band

The Wedding Band is TBS's latest offering to the world of television sitcoms. An entertaining mix of slapstick, subtle humor and drama directed by Bryan Gordon, it is a refreshing change from sitcoms with direct or stock-in-trade humor. Add music to the mix and you get quite a a watch worthy Dramedy. Centering around an Indie Wedding Band trying to establish themselves in the music league, its combination of interesting and comical characters has made the pilot episode quite a fun watch.

Brian Austin Green
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Fun Facts about Brian Austin Green

  • His father was a professional drummer who did studio work for Frank Sinatra and toured with Glen Campbell.
  • His parents added Austin to his name when he was 9 because there was another Brian Green in the Screen Actors Guild.
  • He became famous playing Donna Mills' son on Knots Landing from 1986 to 1989.
  • His character on Beverly Hills, 90210, David Silver, made his way among the cooler kids on the show through his involvement in music.
  • Green turned to music in his own life.
  • He released a critically panned rap album, One Stop Carnival, in 1996.
  • He began a music-production company called Shen Productions.
  • He also playedDerek Reese on the 2008-He 09 TV sci-fi drama, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, as well as his work on Smallville, playing Metallo, a role he took on in 2009.
  • He is currently married to Megan Fox.


Characters/Acting

Brian Austin Green stars as a perennial bachelor, Tommy, the band's rhythm guitarist and lead singer who has difficulty making a commitment to any woman he dates. The series aptly opens with his ex-girlfriend, Sarah, inviting his band to play at her wedding.The first episode is given a funny boost by the embarrassing fiasco he almost gets into because he previously could not commit to their relationship. Austin Green eases his character into the series by playing him in a cool, yet comical manner.

The lead guitarist of the band, Eddie, is played in an attractively goofy way by Peter Cambor. He is a father of two who tries vainly to balance his commitment to the band with family interests. In a sub plot, his frustrated wife, Ingrid, is introduced in a comical incident when she has to bail the band out after they get into a fight with another band who mocks at them. Eddy tries to come up with subtly funny excuses to play at Sarah's wedding so that the band can impress the wedding's planner, Roxie Rutherford and get her to hire them for more gigs.

Stevie, who plays bass in the band, is the New Guy in the band with an eye for women. He ends up being involved with Roxie Rutherford at the end of the first episode. Harold Perrineau plays him with a natural, comic edge.

Derek Miller plays Barry,Eddie's rock obsessed brother and the band's drummer. We will have to hear more from him as his character was not so well developed in this pilot episode. But an opening sequence with him doing a little storytelling and boring some children lent the episode a little subtle humor.

The team of actors do give the show a comic edge with their neatly-weaved-in humor. Hopefully, it will be sustained through the rest of the episodes.

Harold Perrineau
Harold Perrineau | Source

Fun Facts about Harold Perrineau

  • He is known for his role as Michael Dawson on the series Lost
  • He was born on August 7. 1963
  • He first gained prominence on the drama I'll Fly Away
  • He took on a role in Flirt, Smoke which earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
  • He was ship operator link in the final two matrix films.
  • He was in the ABC Crime Drama, The Unusuals, as Det. Banks.

Episode 1 , and an evaluation

The Story

Episode 1, of course, introduces us to the concept of Tommy's band, an indie music group that plays at weddings and events. They get arrested for getting into a fight with another band that provokes them with taunts about their lack of talent and the lead singer's pretentious accent.

An amusing subplot is weaved in when guitarist Eddie's wife is forced to bail the entire group out of jail.

While performing community service, Tommy runs into his ex-girlfriend, Sarah, who invites him to play for her wedding. We are introduced to a few funnily flawed, over-the-top characters like Roxie Rutherford (Melora Hardin) the owner of Rutherford's, a wedding planning agency. Rachel, her subordinate,played by Jenny Wade, is an overly anxious wedding planner trying to give her career a boost. She later becomes Tommy's love interest.

We find that Tommy and Sarah still have unresolved feelings and are still attracted to each other. Tommy tries to distance himself from her but she develops cold feet on her wedding day when Tommy sends her flowers with a personal message. She insists on seeing him about them, but he manages to help her over her jitters. A hilarious moment then occurs when he pops a bottle of champagne and the cork hits and damages her newly fitted breast implants. This incurs the wrath of Sarah's father-in-law, the plastic surgeon who fitted them. A brawl between Tommy and him occurs. Sarah's father-in-law has to plug it quickly while the rest of the wedding guests wait anxiously. The rest of the band, being rockers, is trying vainly to supply church music to a rather bored audience.

Meanwhile, the subplot also develops. Eddie's wife, Ingrid, asks him to take care of their two children while she takes a day off to have a massage. This happens on the very day Sarah gets married, so Eddy is forced to lie to his wife. Unfortunately,he is photographed by one of her disgruntled friends, who messages her the photo. Ingrid then arrives at the wedding in a huff. Using the art of gentle persuasion, Eddy manages to soothe her and gets her to stay and watch them perform.

The band performs Air Supply's Making Love Out Of Nothing At All to an excited crowd and good acclaim. The episode ends on a funny note with Stevie, the bassist, getting involved with the over-the-top Roxie Rutherford.

An evaluation

All in all, the storyline of the Wedding Band is realistic and funny, though the somewhat dampened by a few dramatic and serious moments (like Eddy telling his best friend, Tommy off for not making a commitment). It is watchable for those looking for a few lighthearted moments doused with a bit of seriousness.

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Comic Irony

The story may seem a little ordinary and a bit dry, but it comes with a few amusing moments. Some amusement can already be derived from the irony of Tommy's situation. The irony that he is playing at the wedding of his ex-girlfriend puts some potholes on the ground and gives potential for a little comic disaster. Chaos indeed ensues when he and Sarah try to sort out unresolved relationship issues and he unintentionally ends up bursting her implants with a champagne cork.

Subtle humor

The use of a little subtle humor does arouse some laughs. When Tommy, vocalist and band leader, tries to explain to the others what the role of a wedding band is, he draws attention to a few hilarious instances.

He stresses the importance of "the golden rule", that of a successful band needing to make sure that the wedding bouquet gets thrown in the direction of the wedding VIP, who is in most circumstances not so attractive and in a rush to get married. The slapstick scrambling for the bouquet and resulting excitement creates a little humor.

To deal with attention seeking men "likely to be named Derek" and "not likely to hook up", Tommy suggests making him an honorary band member. The attention-seeking behavior of the men in his examples is quite comical.

The band sometimes has to perform songs per request and according to the themes of weddings, which provide a few laughs as well. At a western themed wedding, they perform the song "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, using violins and cellos. The combination has its comic moments. The playing of the song at a wedding is also ironically humorous.

The band, essentially grounded in rock, tries to perform church music to a rather bored audience. Barry (Derek Miller) makes the attempt quite funny, with his attempt at playing percussion on the xylophone.

The wedding band's humor is present, though diluted by a few dry moments.

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Music

The music presented in the wedding band is best described as retro chic cover versions of love songs. A very listenable version of Air Supply's Making Love Out Of Nothing At All is played at the end of Episode 1, notable for its well-weaved, gentle harmony. I also like this version of the song because of the gentler build up in the verse. The riffs of the lead guitar was played with finesse and were a pleasure to listen to as well.

The western version of Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive was quite tickling and pleasant as well, made especially so when the band tries to give attention to the lady who sings the loudest.

An all male version of Gwen Stefani's Holloback Girl was also quite refreshing to hear. It still retains its catchy, foot stomping beat.

Musically, the show has many good moments for fans of a little retro chic.

The Wedding Band Making Love Out Of Nothing At All

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Can understand why....I originally thought it a bit teenybopper. But The music's great and the acting quite natural (except perhaps for roxie rutherford). Thanks for sharing!!

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      Dalia Grad 4 years ago from Toronto

      I was reluctant to watch this show, but pleasantly surprised. I am not a fan of reality TV and there aren't too many sitcoms I enjoy. Wedding Band is a bit different than other shows on TV right now; it has funny moments without a laugh track, plot lines that are amusing and not too ridiculous or boring and characters that are relatable (but not adorable). I think it helped that I didn't realize Green was from 90210 until mid way through the first episode. This is a show I will definitely keep watching. Thanks for the review!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      You'll quite like this one, it's funny and light hearted enough, but a bit dry and a bit teensy. Thanks for sharing!!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A well-written & engaging review! Usually, American & English tv-sitcoms arrive very late in my country and when this tv show is aired, I will check it out. A wonderful job! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & shared on Facebook

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      It's a good show, cool too, and BAG is cool with his music. It's listenable music indeed! Thanks for sharing!

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I finally saw an episode this morning- I fell in love. I think it's my new Glee. I'm just hoping it doesn't go jump the shark too fast like Glee did. I love Brian Austin Green and he's a great actor. And I loved watching Harold Perrineau on Lost so I'm hoping this goes the distance. But most importantly- the music's awesome- okay enough said you wrote a great hub!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Deb..I find it quite engaging, though sometimes with a few dry moments! Thanks for coming by!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wow.. Now I know I want to watch this sit com . the way you described it. sounds grest. voted

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      Debbie

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Jo! It's a good show, funny, though a bit dry at points. The music is good! Thanks, and all the best to you too!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Michelle, I haven't even heard about this show but I will keep an eye out for it. You did an amazing review, but then again, you always do. :). Take care now and the very best to you.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Eddy! Thanks for coming by!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Audra, the show was good, so was Austin Green though a bit dry at points. He is quite musically talented! Thanks for sharing and coming by!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      So very interesting and so well informed;I vote across and share.Thanks for sharing this gem.Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      I had no idea of this show! I grew up watching Brian Austin Green on Beverly Hills 90210! I loved him! I have only seen him recently on 'Desperate Housewives'. It will be cool to seen him all grown up! You described the story line well. I really want to see this show! Great idea for a hub!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Hatter!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Jackie, thank you!! You'll enjoy it, though at some points it is a bit dry.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for your review. You made this show sound worth watching.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      It's good for a little relaxation, Richard. Entertaining, though a little dry at some points. Thanks for commenting!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I had not heard of this and it does sound good, so thank you!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Linda! Thanks for coming in!! He's a good actor and musician. Quite liked this though perhaps it was a little dry at points! Thanks for sharing!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hello, Livewithrichard! It's quite a fresh comedy indeed! I guess he was really singing, but enhanced for the sound. Glad for your sharing, and that you like this review too!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Bill! That means a lot! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Jools! Thanks for sharing! Check it out, it's not too bad, though not laugh-a-minute funny. BAG is a good musician! Thanks for coming by!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Michelle -

      Interesting review. I've never heard of it, but it may have some redeeming qualities. Would depend on the local time slot and what's opposite if I decided to to give it a shot. Great Job!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I never heard of this show. I also forgot that Brian played Donna Mill's son on Knots Landing! I did like him on 90210. Thanks for the awesome heads up on the tv show.

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      Richard Bivins 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

      It airs on Saturday nights here on TBS and this past weekend I was skimming through the channels and stopped to watch what was episode 2. I was thoroughly entertained. This was a fun and engaging comedy that made me laugh but also kept me interested in the music. I couldn't tell if BAG was actually singing or if it was a voice over though I knew he was musically talented from the 90210 days. As soon as the episode ended, I found episode 1 on the Demand feature offered by my cable company and watched it too. Episode 1 gave the same impression on me so this show is definitely going into my weekly lineup... Great review by the way...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I can only talk about your review because I don't have a television. However, if I did, and if I watched tv, this review would at the very least get me to turn on the show once....and that is saying a great deal. :)

      Good job and sharing.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Not going to lie I still love Brian Austin Green from 90210 days and so when I saw he was a part of this show in your review I had to read this one. I am so going to give this show a try just because of your review and thank you for that. Have of course voted up and shared all over, too!!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Michelle, I will definitely give this a try when it gets over to the UK. I am amazed that it has taken so many years for someone to develop the idea of 'The Wedding Singer' a movie which many people really love. It sounds like if they lighten it up a bit, it will get better. MAybe they're gauging audiences to see whether people like the serious stuff or the funny stuff better? A mix of the two would be ideal but it has to be in the right ratio.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A review of televisions latest musical comedy, The Wedding Band