What if the kids from NBC's defunct Freaks and Geeks went to college? Freaks creator Judd Apatow hints at the answer to that query in Undeclared, which debuts Tuesday at 8:30 pm/ET on Fox. As the comedy's lead freaky freshman, Jay Baruchel joins Apatow's pantheon of teen misfits though his skinny Steven Karp does get the girl in the first episode.
"[For] one night only," Baruchel cautions TV Guide Online. "I'm not going to say what happens, but sure, she has sex with me. And she's very nice about that, but Steven is a geek. He loves Total Recall and collects Spinal Tap dolls; he's got Todd McFarlane posters all over his room. He's a huge geek as am I, so that's why it's a badge I wear with pride. I think I'll actually make one and put it on sometime!"
All quips aside, the 19-year-old Canadian actor who spent a year on the Nickelodeon series Popular Mechanics for Kids before landing a small role in Almost Famous thinks Freaks devotees will enjoy Undeclared. "It's definitely in the same vein," he says. "It's the same kind of comedy based in reality. It's not afraid to be emotional. It's just a little bit off from everything else out there. Hopefully, Freaks and Geeks fans will appreciate that."
As for Baruchel, he's learned plenty from attending the fictional U. of Northeastern California, considering he's never lived the dorm life at a residential college. "I've never experienced what this show is about," he admits. "I think, in a way, that informs my performance. That helps me be a novice to it [like Steven], because I've honestly never done it myself."