I will be the first to say that the unfortunate choice to spoon-feed us a Cliff Notes version of the pilot is a major factor in my current state of underwhelmness. Underwhelmnity? Underwhelmednaucity? Whatever, I'm less than enamored with what is going on so far. The talent is still good, except for their choice for the daughter. I feel like I'm getting old right to the core of my bones, but 9 out of 10 teenagers cast in family dramas or sitcoms make me feel like smacking them right in their stupid face. She really doesn't do much in the pilot, but that does not save her from a bad case of stupid face.
The two highlights for the pilot were: 1) Badger from Breaking Bad as a baby-daddy. This has little to do with his actual performance, so probably only fans of that twisted universe will get any joy out of it. 2) Best joke of the whole night was " . . . and he'll most probably fire me. And then what?! I was an English major." Yup, I'm pretty easy to please, you could sell me a whole series based on cheap shots at those folk. I'm sure Cat and Rosemary don't mind seeing their field get stomped on, either. They choose not to associate themselves with such riff-raff.
So we sit, and we wait, and we hope it gets better. As a closing thought, I feel obliged to show you a screen shot of the production logo for series creator Chuck Lorre. I hope it works out like you're planning, Chuck. Cause for every Big Bang Theory and Dharma & Greg you make, there's a Two and a Half Men in the corner, looming grotesquely.