NBC has ordered up a brand-new show, Wendy and Peter, that is loosely based on Peter Pan. The one big difference? It’s told from Wendy’s point of view.
OK, actually there are a few other key differences. The series is actually a(nother) workplace comedy that follows Wendy on her quest to find a real, responsible man worth falling for. Instead she falls for Peter who, just like Peter Pan, is far from a grown-up. (Though, we assume he will look more like an adult and less like a lost boy.) Sounds like a decent enough premise, except…
Don’t we already know how this goes? Sure, somewhere out there are a few guys between the ages of 25 and 45 who don’t still play video games, read comic books or have their moms/wives do their laundry. But our boyfriends refer to everything in the fridge as “ingredients” and look to us to make actual meals. They regularly wake us up at 4 a.m. screaming at some poor kid in Anchorage who made the mistake of playing Destiny with them. For f***’s sake, their favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye. We don’t need to watch Wendy’s pain on television, we’re already living it. That’s why our favorite song is about this very issue.
In general, though, this seems less like a spin-off of Peter Pan and more like every other workplace or romantic comedy. Think about The Office: Michael Scott was a basic (albeit well-meaning) idiot and Dwight was disillusioned. Hardly what women want when they say “real men.” And don’t even get us started on New Girl‘s Nick — so hot but so aloof, irresponsible and immature. What, exactly, is unique about this show? We’re not sure.
There had better be a whole hell of a lot of other Peter Pan Easter eggs, though. Wendy’s boss’s last name needs to be Hook and the janitor’s nickname must be Smee. Still, we’re intrigued, if for no other reason than the fact that all of us take at least a tiny bit of pleasure in seeing our lives retold on television. Hopefully writer and executive producer Marisa Coughlan can find a way to make this story seem fresh.