A number of US TV critics have slammed the Ellen DeGeneres-produced project, and the verdict isn’t exactly something Kelly will want to write home about.
HitFlix’s summary of the show is one of the kinder reviews, even though it includes the sentence, “‘One Big Happy’ is going to fail - creatively and in ratings.” Ouch.
It doesn’t really get any better than that for Kelly and co-stars, as Deadline’s Dominic Patten labels the show “one big waste of time”, while USA Today state: “[Its] an amateurish bungle of a comedy, has a single idea that's impossible to miss: the script hammers it home so strenuously, the writers must think we're as dimwitted as their creations.”
The sitcom focuses on two best friends, a straight man played by Nick Zano and Elisha Cuthbert’s lesbian character, who decide to have a baby together.
Just before they find out they’ve conceived a child, Nick’s character meets Prudence, who’s played by Kelly.
Speaking about the baby on the way, the New York Times’ critic writes: “That child will need a good pair of noise-canceling headphones, because every bit of dialogue on this show is delivered in a grating bray, and most of it doesn’t rise above the level of chatter at a 13-year-old boy’s birthday party.” Eeeek.
The reviews haven’t stopped Kelly from putting on a brave face and celebrating her big moment though, and she’s shared a number of snaps from the show’s launch party.
While Kelly’s been focusing on her work commitments in the US, she almost became embroiled in a Twitter row earlier this week, when her former flame David McIntosh print-screened a series of not-so-nice texts and posted them on Twitter.