I momentarily had to stop trying to save Lisa Tucker's

Idol career to watch this new sitcom, which appropriately aired after Scrubs. Why was this an appropriate time slot, you ask? Well it's a Matt Tarses creation he's a coexecutive producer on the aforementioned comedy. And the very first thing that came to mind before I knew that little nugget of information was that this is just like Scrubs but set in a school and with a laugh track. So for a series premiere, I have to say that it was OK, although there were no major guffaws or even a loud ha! But I managed several half-laughs. Seriously, if you want to make me more than chuckle these days, you either have to be Scrubs, Arrested Development, The Office or Barney on How I Met Your Mother. So to have several half-laughs, it's something. The cast is likable. In the beginning I wasn't so sure about the J.D. "I don't take anything seriously but I really do" of this bunch (Jeff Cahill played by Justin Bartha), but you know what? By the time the end came around (you know, at that point where it reaches its Scrubs-esque sappy-end-of-the-episode-moment), I got on board with him. It's always good to see Kenny (aka Buuuuuud) from The Cosby Show, and the jury's out on the actress from the English (meaning good) version of Coupling. I have to add a major shout-out to the show's Kali Rocha; you know I love me some Buffy the Vampire Slayer so seeing Halfrek as a cast member was way cool. Lately, I've been seeing her as a guest star on various shows like Without a Trace and Grey's Anatomy, so congrats on the regular gig. All in all, Teachers isn't innovative sitcom television, and it doesn't feature the classic 38 Special "Teacher Teacher" tune as a theme song, but it seems to have potential.