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TV Review: ‘Seed’

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Adam Korson, Carrie-Lynn Neales, Amanda Brugel, Stephanie Anne Mills, Laura De Carteret, Matt Baram, Vanessa Matsui, Abby Ross, William Ainscough

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A skirt-chasing Peter Pan type discovers he’s a father several times over thanks to sperm donations. Yes, that’s the gist of “Seed,” a CW summer comedy that’s essentially the illegitimate Canadian child of “About a Boy” and the Vince Vaughn movie “Delivery Man,” plus, oh, the DNA from about a dozen others. Networks can be cut some slack as they cast about for inexpensive programming, and while the show is cheery enough, it’s still pretty tempting to throw out this baby with the bathwater.

Harry (Adam Korson) is working at a bar – and dealing with a lady who doesn’t know when to leave – when 9-year-old Billy (William Ainscough) shows up at his doorstep, informing him that he’s his bio dad. This act of curiosity is not well received by Billy’s two moms (Stephanie Anne Mills, Amanda Brugel), any more than it is by the parents of 15-year-old Anastasia (Abby Ross), who also chooses that moment to go look up Harry, presumably to have a new ally who will let her go to her boyfriend’s party.

Finally, there’s Rose (Carrie-Lynn Neales), with whom Harry has a chance encounter/flirtation on a bus she is taking to – get ready for it – the fertility clinic.

Holy zygotes, Batman!

Like most charming rogues in such made-for-TV (or romantic comedy) situations, Harry might talk a good game about being a selfish prick but, in these episodes written by Joseph Raso and directed by James Genn, generally does the right thing when push comes to shove. And that only ensures that “Seed” is going to be mildly pleasant but wholly predictable, another portrait of unplanned fatherhood that violates the “Seinfeld” rule about learning, if not necessarily hugging.

CW is pairing the series and another newcomer, “Backpackers,” with a summer run of “Whose Line is it Anyway,” creating a little bastion of comedy on a drama-heavy netlet.

As derivative as it is, “Seed” is perfectly harmless, and might even deliver an occasional smile. Yet even with the Harry-Rose relationship offering a small serialized thread, it’s just hard to see any part of “Seed” ever developing into much.

TV Review: 'Seed'

(Series; CW, Mon. July 14, 9:30 p.m.)

Production: Filmed in Halifax by Force Four Entertainment.

Crew: Executive producers, Joseph Raso, Mark Farrell, John Ritchie, Rob Bromley, Gillian Lowrey; supervising producer, Paula J. Smith; producer, Karen Wentzell; director, James Genn; writer, Raso; camera, David A. Makin; production designer, Ewen Dickson; editor, Benjamin Duffield; music, Shawn Pierce; casting, Jenny Lewis, Sarah Kay. 30 MIN.

Cast: Adam Korson, Carrie-Lynn Neales, Amanda Brugel, Stephanie Anne Mills, Laura De Carteret, Matt Baram, Vanessa Matsui, Abby Ross, William Ainscough

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