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Primetime Show Reviews
"Sons of Tucson"
season premiere by Suzanne
Airing on FOX Sundays 9:30/8:30 pm.
This comedy is what they used to call "high concept" sitcom,
meaning that the comedy comes from the unusual concept of the show. Think
"Bewitched" or "The Munsters" or "Mr. Belvedere". Seinfeld, which was the
ultimate low-concept show, made of this idea when Jerry and George were supposed
to make a TV sitcom and couldn't come up with a good idea. George kept wanting
to have a show where Jerry is forced to be his butler, and in the end, the
network liked George's idea best (the idea being that network executives are
idiots and like the high concept idea better than a show that is just funny and
has good jokes).
In "Sons of Tucson", three boys hire a slacker to pretend to be their dad. Their
dad is in a white collar prison, so they pay this total loser guy to pretend to
be their dad so they can go to school and not have to go into foster care. When
I heard the concept, I thought it sounded pretty funny.
The pilot was ok, but the second episode "The Break-In" was a lot funnier. The acting is fine,
and Tyler Labine is perfect as Ron Snuffkin, the loser. The show's executive
producer, Justin Berfield, previously played the older brother on "Malcolm in
The show premieres this Sunday on FOX 9:30/8:30. You should give it a try. It's
better than most comedies I've seen on FOX lately.
See my interview
with star Tyler Labine and executive producer Justin Berfield.
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