ABC’s final attempt at a succesful comedy until the summer comes on Monday when they premiere the origanally CW show Surviving Suburbia. It premieres after Dancing with the Stars at 9:30/8:30c. Here is my take:
What ABC says: ABC announces the premiere of new half-hour comedy series, Surviving Suburbia, starring Bob Saget and Cynthia Stevenson, on MONDAY, APRIL 6 (9:30-10:00 p.m., ET), following Dancing with the Stars. In the family-centered tradition of Roseanne and Home Improvement, Surviving Suburbia opens the curtain to follow Saget (How I Met Your Mother, Full House) and Stevenson (Men in Trees, Dead Like Me) as Steve and Anne Patterson, a seemingly normal couple who have been married for 20 years, have two children and a cookie cutter house in the idyllic suburbs. But Steve maintains a rather cynical point of view on family, friends, neighbors, society — pretty much everyone and everything — as he tries to survive suburban life. Surviving Suburbia takes a contemporary look at family life and the reasons one might have to question the system — How does exchanging keys with a neighbor for emergencies result in house sitting? Why do kids’ classroom projects inevitably become the parents’ responsibility? When did we start needing mediators to handle disagreements between adults? all of which goes to prove that it’s never just another sunny day in the suburbs. Also starring in the half-hour comedy series are Jared Kuznitz (Otis, Dance of the Dead) and G Hannelius (Interrogation) as the Patterson kids. Jere Burns (Good Morning Miami, Something So Right) and Dan Cortese (What I Like About You) are recurring guest stars. Surviving Suburbia is produced by Media Rights Capital. Kevin Abbott (Reba, Roseanne, Grace Under Fire) and Acme Productions’ Michael Hanel & Mindy Schultheis (Rita Rocks, The War at Home, Reba, Titus) are executive producers. Thirteen episodes have been shot.
Fun Facts: The series was picked up by the CW and was to air on Sundays but when the lineup for Media Rights Capital got cancelled, the show was in limbo. That was until ABC picked it up to air here. The series will wrap for the season on May 11th with 7 episodes still to air, so if it is successful, you will only see six this year.
The Plot in my Words: The show centers around Steve (Saget) who is a traditional dad who coaches his kids team and does all the housework and Anne (Stevenson), the traditional housewife but with an attitude. They live in the perfect suburban house and have two great kids, one sometime troublesome teenage son, and a little angel for a little girl. They both cause Steve and Anne pain in there own ways. Steve is a person that does not like to spend time with neighbors and do the neighborly things which gets him into trouble on many occasions.
The Good: I am glad to see Bob Saget and a traditional family comedy in the vein of Home Improvement and Rosanne, but….
The Bad: This is not the right show. The show is not funny and not interesting. The story is boring and actually really stupid especially in pilot and was actually pained me to watch. The story of going into a neighbors house while they are gone and then burn some stuff down was not remotely funny. Just stay away from this one, because is not that much more I can say.
Overall: Please do not watch because I do NOT want this to become another one of ABC comedies like According to Jim, which lasts way to long.