The Class

I haven’t been following all of the pre-news about the new TV season, so I don’t know if The Class is James Burrows new primary project (following the wrap-up of Will and Grace), or if it’s just one of the many sitcoms where they bring Burrows in to direct the first episode, help everyone find the tone, and then move on. In any case, he directed the first one, which is airing in the wee hours as a sneak peek without commercial interruption (and yes, is recordable on non-TiVo devices).
Burrows is not incapable of hooking up with a clinker, but this is not one of those. It’s a good, not immediately great, show. Members of a third grade class are brought back together 20 years later in the pilot, and from here apparently we’ll follow their lives and intersections. Jason Ritter plays the central character in bringing them together; his name invites tough comparisons. In this one, he spends his time largely being tense, and does that fine, but we’ll see if he’s got range in this. (He certainly did an okay job in Joan of Arcadia.)
The characters start with pretty rigidly define types and exhibit their quirks a little too aggressively. If anything, in the pilot there’s just too much of everything, but that’s the risk of an introduction, and I hope the pacing mellows a bit when we don’t need to see everyone at once. But the intent is apparently not to have them all always pulled together; the first episode set up lines of communications (romantic and otherwise), and I look forward to seeing how it gets explored. Not a must, yet, but worth sampling.
(Oh, and to spare you the “who is that, I know her” moment, the answer is “the next-door-neighbor manufactured-will-they-or-won’t-they love interest from Joey. Mrs. Nat’s TV actually called it before I did, which is not the usual case.)
Published in: on September 13, 2006 at 1:21 am  Leave a Comment  

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