Christy (Anna Faris) may have finally connected with her long-lost father Alvin (guest-starKevin Pollak) on CBS' Mom, but their relationship isn't exactly a warm and fuzzy one. And it probably doesn't help matters that Christy's mother Bonnie (Allison Janney) wants nothing to do with her former fling.
Whatever the male species did to deserve the recent run of lousy comedies that neuter them into a bland, whiny pudding — the trajectory of Man Up through Guys With Kids to CBS's new and painfully bland smarm-com We Are Men (8:30/7:30c) — can I just collectively say on behalf of the entire gender: We're sorry! Haven't we suffered enough?
Apparently not, because Men hits new lows in bromance abuse, cheapening the whole idea of "band of brothers" with its soggy account of male bonding at an apartment complex for jilted and/or unhappily divorced losers. The new kid on the block, Carter (Chris Smith), is left at the altar in a reverse-Graduate gag that's the cleverest part of the pilot. Such a milquetoast he makes How I Met Your Mother mensch Ted Mosby seem as dangerous as Ted Bundy, Carter is adopted by an unappealing threesome that includes middle-aged horndog Frank (Tony Shalhoub, slumming), sad sack Gil (Kal Penn, who's almost as hilarious here as he was as a wet blanket during HIMYM's dark period, which means not at all) and arrogant Stuart, overplayed by Jerry O'Connell, who parades around shirtless in a rainbow of Speedos that flaunt what some might call manhood. But they would be wrong.
These Men of no certain age and character aren't so much bad influences as terribly unfunny company.
Like mother, like daughter. That's the premise of CBS' new sitcom Mom, which stars Allison Janney and Anna Faris as dysfunctional mother-daughter pair Bonnie and Christy, who are both recovering addicts and less-than-exemplary parents. But they're working on it.
"Christy and her mom Bonnie are funny, intelligent women that have a bit of mess to them," Faris tells TVGuide.com. "I love that [Christy's] just hanging on by a thread. I love playing messy characters. ... She's been a really selfish person for a long time, and now she is really trying to turn over a new leaf, be a very present mom."