Review: ‘Too Something’

The Creative team behind the short-lived feature film "My Life's in Turnaround" bring their comic sensibilities to Fox's "Too Something," a witty, quickpaced series about a pair of Generation X-ers who dream of the brass ring. Scribes Eric Schaeffer and Donal Lardner Ward (who are also show's stars) strive to create an interesting offering by minimizing the expected sitcomgoofy banter, and support the bulk of their repartee with well-scripted dialogue.

The Creative team behind the short-lived feature film “My Life’s in Turnaround” bring their comic sensibilities to Fox’s “Too Something,” a witty, quickpaced series about a pair of Generation X-ers who dream of the brass ring. Scribes Eric Schaeffer and Donal Lardner Ward (who are also show’s stars) strive to create an interesting offering by minimizing the expected sitcomgoofy banter, and support the bulk of their repartee with well-scripted dialogue.

The pair also manage to vilify the Gen-X slacker attitude while at the same time tapping it for some wellplaced comedic payoffs. They may even add a phrase or two to the lexicon in the process.

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. Their timing is show’s saving grace; they use it to turn an unexciting buddy comedy into an enjoyable showcase of their considerable skills.

And when 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”), the show has much promise.

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.

Too Something

(Fox, Sun Oct.1, 8:30 p.m.)

Production

Taped in Los Angeles by Warner Bros. Television in association with Fox Broadcasting Co. Executive producer, Efrem Seeger; co-executive producers, Susan Seeger, John J. Strauss, Ed Decter, Bruce Kirschbaum; producer, Jan Siegelman; co-producer, Tom Burkhard; writers, Efrem Seeger, Eric Schaeffer, Donal Lardner Ward, Eric Weinberg; director, Andrew D. Weyman.

Crew

Editors, Mike Cole, Kenny Tintorri; art director, John Shaffner; sound, Russ Gary, Brentley Walton; music, Mark Mothersbaugh.

Cast

Cast: Eric Schaeffer, Donal Lardner Ward, Lisa Gerstein, Portia de Rossi, Mindy Seeger, Charlie Schlatter, Wayne Tippit, Myndy Crist, Tyrees Allen, Lisa Grant.
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