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Not to belabor my dissatisfaction with the episodes already aired from the current season, but...
Most Undeserved Promotion To Main Character and Billing: Mark Valley who plays Brad Chase. This guy was uninteresting and uncharismatic last year, and he remains unexciting. His character was created as the arch-enemy of Alan Shore, especially when it came to competition for the female of the species. As such, he's better off silent (and so are we). Giving him major speaking assignments just points out his lack of excitement and charisma.
Most Unnecessary Retention of Characters and Development of Associated Story Arc: Betty White (Catherine Piper) and Leslie Jordan (Bernie). What are these two still doing in the show????? If you wanted to retool and improve things, write these two out... and now!
Most Grating and Irritating New Character(s): Julie Bowen and her two junior associates. A personal divorce storyline?? That's the best they could come up with to let her and her crew have something to say and do? I especially don't like to see either of the junior associates on the screen. Very badly drawn characters, badly cast, amateurishly performed, and comes across as forced "filler".
Also, Candice Bergen does not look good. Something's changed... maybe they reshot some new footage to insert into the old episodes, and she's 6 months older. But she does not look good, they're not dressing her well or doing stunning makeup or hair, they're not giving her really sniping things to say like they used to, and it's unfortunate her character is now one of the "big 3".
"Karen Sisco" redux. Unless the true new-season episodes show a marked improvement over what we've seen them do so far, I fear these reworked 4 episodes from last season now being used as transitional speak portents of doom for this once-great show.