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Primetime Show Reviews
"Men of a Certain Age"
review by Suzanne
Airs Mondays 10/9 c on TNT
This is one of my favorite shows and has been since the first
episode. The three actors are great-- very likable and do an awesome job. They
seem very much like old friends who hang out together and have been friends a
long time. That is the best part of the show - their friendship. What is also
great, though, is the show's writing. It is partly dramatic and partly very
funny. It's very much like real life. You don't know what will happen next, and
things can be surprising. It is not at all a predictable show.
If you are a guy, or in your 40's or beyond, you will especially appreciate this
show. It's really all about what these middle aged guys go through. But it
doesn't matter if you aren't, you will still find it to be a good, entertaining
show. It's not "The Golden Girls" for men or anything.
The show returns in December and does not disappoint. It was a big hit for TNT
last year. That is a relief, since I love the show so much. In the December 6th
show, "If I Could, I Surely Would", Joe (Ray Romano) has to deal with his new
life sans gambling and trying to prepare for the senior golf tour, as well as
how to get on with his life and deal with women. Things are looking up for him
(or so it seems). In "Same As The Old Boss", Owen (Andre Braugher) is now the
boss and finds that it's not that easy as he has to deal with bad sales,
fighting between the people under him, and his wife wanting to go back to work.
In both episodes, we also see Terry (Scott Bakula) trying to fit in with Owen's
car dealership as a new salesmen.
You will definitely these two new episodes. TNT sent them to me and I really
enjoyed them. I laughed a lot. I don't know how else I can say this. Watch this
show!! It's great!! Also, the new DVD of season one comes out November 9th.
Season one only had ten episodes. Season two has twelve. I can't wait!
Read my interviews with the stars
of the show!
Men of a Certain Age
Second season begins Monday, Dec. 6, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Last winter, viewers and critics fell in love with this funny and dramatic
series about three men finding their way through midlife. Emmy® winner Ray
Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), Golden Globe® winner Scott Bakula (Quantum
Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise) and Emmy winner Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on
the Street, TNT's Salem's Lot) star in the series, which was created by Romano
and Everybody Loves Raymond Emmy winner Mike Royce. MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE centers
on Joe (Romano), a friendly, 40-something, slightly neurotic, recently separated
father of two who had dreams of being a professional golfer but instead owns and
runs a party store. He has two best friends: Owen (Braugher), an overstressed
husband and father who is a car salesman at his dad's dealership; and Terry (Bakula),
an offbeat, handsome, intelligent and still-struggling-to-make-it actor.
In its first season, MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE was watched by an average 4.2 million
viewers, making it one of ad-supported cable's Top 5 new series of the year. The
show went on to appear on several television critics'™ year-end Top 10 lists.
Earlier this year, Braugher earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor
in a Drama Series. This series from TNT Original Productions is
executive-produced by Romano, Royce, Rory Rosegarten and Cary Hoffman.
This season, all three men face a number of roadblocks on their contuining
journeys through midlife, but they know they can always rely on their friends to
see them through. Joe (Romano) is a divorced, slightly neurotic father of two
who runs a party store and recently overcame a gambling problem. After some
early missteps, he is getting more into the swing of the dating scene and has
now decided to rekindle his dream of becoming a professional golfer, training
for a spot on the senior tour.
The only married man in the group is Owen (Braugher), who is devoted to his wife
and family. Having spent much of his adult life working under the thumb of his
domineering father, OWen is finally starting to assert himself more. He has even
convinced his father he's ready to be groomed to take over the family car
dealership but is struggling with being the boxx.
Terry (Bakula) is a laid-back, handsome actor who seems to breeze through life
(and women). But following disastrous attempts at managing an apartment complex
and trying to resuscitate his acting career, Terry is searching for stability
and now sells cars at Owen's family dealership.
On Tuesday, Nov. 9, Men of a Certain Age will make its DVD debut as a two-disc
set featuring all 10 episodes from the series' extraordinary first season. Bonus
features include commentary by Ray Romano, Andre Braugher, Scott Bakula and
series co-creator Mike Royce; deleted scenes; a gag reel; and behind-the-scenes
Joe (Ray Romano)
Joe is an easygoing but slightly neurotic father in the midst of a divorce.
Years ago, he put his dreams of becoming a professional golfer on hold and
opened a party store. Now, with a new house to pay for and some success at
beating the gambling problem that contributed to the failure of his marriage,
he’s ready to get his golf swing back so he can secure a spot on the Senior
Tour. Joe’s love life is also on the mend. Despite a failed attempt at a
relationship last year, he may soon find he has his hands full with more than he
can handle. Meanwhile, Joe tries to be a good parent, helping his son overcome
anxiety issues and his daughter deal with boyfriend troubles. Joe even surprises
himself on numerous occasions with how he’s able to handle his kids’ tricky
Terry (Scott Bakula)
For years, Terry has been the perpetual bachelor of the group, with his
laid-back approach to life and love half-envied and half-mocked by his friends.
Terry has spent much of his adult life auditioning for acting gigs and trying to
live down an embarrassing commercial he made years ago. Last year, he decided to
take a job as the manager of his apartment complex, but the results were
disastrous. Now, he’s ready to settle down and act more like a grown up. He has
a new job selling cars at the dealership owned by Owen’s father, but time will
tell whether he’s really suited for a 9-to-5 job, especially one that has him
answering to Owen. Terry’s love life also isn’t what it used to be after he
bungled a relationship with a young barista, but he still has the looks and
charm necessary to attract just about any woman.
Owen (Andre Braugher)
Owen works incredibly hard to put food on the table for his loving wife and
three young children, but he’s had to do it by working for one of the most
difficult and demanding bosses imaginable – his father. After originally being
rejected as heir-apparent to the auto dealership his father built, Owen has
finally convinced him he’s the right man for the job. Now, as the dealership’s
second-in-command, Owen is being groomed by his father to take over the business
one day. But this new aspect of their father-son relationship is fraught with
problems, from Owen’s difficulty asserting authority over the salesmen to his
father’s hesitance to relinquish full control. On the home front, Owen faces the
possibility of his wife re-entering the work world, which adds yet another
pressure point to his already overstressed life.
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama.
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Harmon and Sasha Alexander; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; HawthoRNe, with
Jada Pinkett Smith; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; Dark Blue, starring Dylan
McDermott; Men of a Certain Age, with Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott
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