Edit : After watching the upfront's preview , I'm going to clarify a few points, the trailer indicates that the script has been rewritten a lot, not that it's a surprise, but they've apparently took off some good parts and replaced them with cliche ones. I'm highly dissapointed by NBC as this script was full of potential but they, instead, decided to turn it in some mainstream-CBS-type bullshit (and it's miscasted, but that's another problem).
Just after I struggled for a while trying to find out who were the people behind 100 Questions for Charlotte Payne (an actor and some writers from Psych), I started reading, confident that this would be good and as it turned out, it is.
Charlotte Payne is a party planner working in her own company with her two girl friends, Jill (the sexaholic) and Leslie (the workaholic) and her two boy friends, Mike (the lack of confidence guy) and Wayne (the cut off spoiled adult kid guy). A bit stereotyped, it's hard to deny, but it sounds like they are sticking together for more interesting reasons : commitment issues and a Peter Pan syndrome (and because they are friends, but let's not get too obvious).
The concept is a bit doll, with a few vibes from How I Met Your Mother. Each episode starts off into the "Soulmates.com" agency which, you can guess, is there to find your better half. The Soulmates agent asks Charlotte a list of questions in order to find her the perfect mate. She is then going to tell a story to answer a question and bam, you got a Charlotte Payne's episode. Well, it doesn't sound so good on paper but the pilot was actually really funny.
The pilot's question is "Would you consider yourself an honest person?", and Charlotte does a pretty good job answering it. For some unknown reason, the lucky girl has been proposed to nine times and the whole point of the episode is to discover why .
And here comes why Charlotte Payne is better than Ted Mosby. They dropped all of that ethical part that's starting to seriously get on my nerves in How I Met Your Mother . As someone cool said, comedy is there to let your mind speak, to express all of the horrible feelings that you can't say in your day to day life and if you have to take them back at the end of the day, it's just not worth saying them.
These not so nice people are still very endearing (a bit like the Bluths although the comparison might a bit too flattering) and the storyline is going to be hard to drain out. All in all, Charlotte Payne is a promising sitcom with some rather provoking characters that seems to be getting some positive attention over at NBC and will probably make it next season.