Exec producers Ken Levine and David Isaacs have pulled together a program about three buddies (enhanced with a practical, slightly cynical wife) in which the characters pull up Chi stakes and head for Oahu’s North Shore and adventures. First episode doesn’t ring many comedy bells, and viewers won’t find much adventure.
David Morse plays stockbroker Dave, Patrick Breen is teacher Richie, Adam Arkin is lawyer Marshall and Jane Kaczmarek saves the day (and pilot) as Marshall’s quick-witted wife, Karen. Writers Levine and Isaacs set up sophomoric separate identities for their three males — Dave is a dreamer (who suggests they move to Hawaii to open a surf shop), Richie’s timid around women and Marshall negates everything.
They do hit the North Shore, arguing and spirited — but it isn’t funny. The dialogue has a few winners, but mostly it’s shopworn. An overdone character, Jack Lord (Kurtwood Smith), appears at the Hawaiian shop, but his idiosyncrasies aren’t funny; a Polynesian girl (Elsie Sniffen) appears and literally, inexplicably, vanishes.
The interps are all OK, but the material’s tired. Director Andy Ackerman does a commendable job of moving his actors from here to there, but the script offers viewers yet another version of guys who, for no discernible reason, have been pals for years. Karen should be fed up by the end of the CBS six-week summer run.