Odd Man Out

Actually, Post won't need to do it all by herself. In fact, she is scarcely even the focal point of "Odd Man Out." That would be teenager Erik von Detten. He portrays Andrew, a hormonally charged 15-year-old (read: redundant) who goes through life in a state of perpetual befuddlement over the opposite sex.

With:
Julia.....Markie Post Andrew.....Eric von Detten Jordan.....Jessica Capshaw Paige.....Natalia Cigliuti Keith.....Trevor Fehrman Val.....Vicki Davis Elizabeth.....Marina Malota Kendall.....Lindsey McKeon Lauren.....Marisol Nichols So when did T.G.I.F. suddenly begin to stand for The Greatest In Fornication? One of broadcast primetime's last vestiges of family values --- the Friday lineup on ABC between 8 and 10 p.m. --- takes a journey below the belt with this lame comedy, praying that kids will react more enthusiastically to sexual innuendo than they did to the Olsen twins. To render T.G.I.F. racier, ABC has turned to the guys who cowrote "There's Something About Mary," John J. Strauss and Ed Decter, and gambled that Markie Post can stand as a favorable alternative to Cameron Diaz. Good luck.

Actually, Post won’t need to do it all by herself. In fact, she is scarcely even the focal point of “Odd Man Out.” That would be teenager Erik von Detten. He portrays Andrew, a hormonally charged 15-year-old (read: redundant) who goes through life in a state of perpetual befuddlement over the opposite sex.

This is complicated by the fact that Andrew is a virtual droplet of testosterone struggling to cohabitate in an estrogen sea: his widower mom (Post) , an aunt (Jessica Capshaw) and three nubile teensomething sisters (Natalia Cigliuti, Vicki Davis and Marina Malota). They all live under the same Miami, Fla., roof. The only male on Andrew’s team is his best pal Keith (Trevor Fehrman), who busies himself leering incessantly and cursing Andy’s good fortune at being surrounded by so much blossoming femininity.

The joke — in fact, the only real joke in Jillian Tohber’s dim-witted pilot teleplay — is that Andrew is both obsessed with, and terrorized by, women. The females in his midst all meddle in his babe-chasing business, eavesdropping and making unsolicited bitchy comments. Unfortunately, being horny and 15 isn’t all that funny, even to those long past that particular stage of life.

Despite the series being called “Odd Man Out,” the focus will reportedly switch often to Post’s mother character as she re-enters the dating market and to Capshaw’s aunt alter ego, since she happens to run a modeling agency. That leaves all sorts of opportunities for exec producers Strauss and Decter to fix their sights on curvy cuties, a curious target for the same kiddies who just watched “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.”

Gil Junger’s direction is adequate, as are tech credits.

Odd Man Out

(SITCOM; ABC, FRI. SEPT. 24, 9:30 P.M.)

Production: Filmed in Burbank by Frontier Pictures in association with Warner Bros. TV. Executive producers, John J. Strauss, Ed Decter; co-executive producers, Matt Ember, Tom J. Astle; co-producer, Michael Feldman; producer, Craig Wyrick-Solari; director, Gil Junger; writer, Jillian Tohber.

Crew: Camera, Richard Brown; art director, Michael Hynes; editor, Steve Rasch; music, Ben Decter; sound, Christopher Banniger; casting, Barbara Miller, Geraldine Leder. 30 MIN.

With: Julia.....Markie Post Andrew.....Eric von Detten Jordan.....Jessica Capshaw Paige.....Natalia Cigliuti Keith.....Trevor Fehrman Val.....Vicki Davis Elizabeth.....Marina Malota Kendall.....Lindsey McKeon Lauren.....Marisol Nichols So when did T.G.I.F. suddenly begin to stand for The Greatest In Fornication? One of broadcast primetime's last vestiges of family values --- the Friday lineup on ABC between 8 and 10 p.m. --- takes a journey below the belt with this lame comedy, praying that kids will react more enthusiastically to sexual innuendo than they did to the Olsen twins. To render T.G.I.F. racier, ABC has turned to the guys who cowrote "There's Something About Mary," John J. Strauss and Ed Decter, and gambled that Markie Post can stand as a favorable alternative to Cameron Diaz. Good luck.

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