In the US: Monday, 8.30pm, CBS. Starting in the fall.
In the UK: Not yet acquired.
Time for some sitcoms I think. First up, The Class.
Watching The Class, you'll get an eerie sense of Friends dé jà vu. If you look at the production credits, you'll understand why.
The show's set-up is relatively simple. A guy who wants to propose to his childhood sweetheart decides it might be nice to have a party with as many of their third-grade compatriots as he can gather together. So he tracks them down, invites them to the party and before you know it, a motley collection of 27-year-olds who all knew each other 20 years previously is assembled in the front room.
That's pretty much the premise for the show: a minor school reunion that ends up with everyone staying in touch and becoming sort-of friends again. The hook is in how much they have (or haven't) changed, what old romances might re-ignite and so on.
It's actually pretty good. I laughed and most of the characters were at least intriguing and not utterly off-putting - always a good sign.
Most of the cast are unknowns, apart from another Joey-escapee, Andrea Anders, who'll probably be one of the main focuses for the show. Most of them aren't great, but given something less sit-comy to do, they may turn out good in later episodes.
As for the Friends d?ɬ�j?ɬ� vu, it's directed by Cheers-creator James Burrows, who did an awful lot of work on Friends as well. It's also the work of David Crane, one of the co-creators of Friends. All in all, with the slight exception of The Loop, it's actually the most promising US sitcom I've seen since, well, Friends.
Definitely one to watch should a UK channel pick it up. For more info, check the CBS web site.
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