Bow intros Eric and Donny, roommates working as lackeys in an investment firm — a job they hate — so they can do the things they love: Eric wants to be a writer, while Donny’s a budding photographer. But Eric has yet to put pen to paper and Donny is afraid to show anyone his stills — at least temporarily.
And in a twist to the pursuit-of-the-corner-office syndrome, the pair reject a promotion to junior executive status and demand to be returned to the mail room to avoid any obstacles to their dreams.
Schaeffer and Ward are smooth and amiable together, which makes palatable their characters’ sometimes dopey behavior, and their timing is show’s saving grace.
They’re aided by the smiling sarcasm and impeccable comedic chops of Charlie Schlatter (who last shined, despite the weak material offered, in the TV version of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”).
Director Andrew D. Weyman steers a sitcom-friendly cast — with several top-notch supporting players, such as Portia de Rossi as Maria, a love interest for Eric — into familiar, albeit enjoyable territory.