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"Modern Man" (seth green mention)

David Kronke

Friday 17 March 2006, by Webmaster

Logline: Essentially NBC’s "Four Kings," save one king, that one likely being the funny one, Seth Green: Three Chicago losers (from left to right, Max Greenfield, Josh Braaten and Eric Lively) puzzle over women, sex and relationships, with a life coach (Jane Seymour, above) who wears revealing outfits. She diminishes her resume a smidgen along with George Wendt, who plays the dad of one of the losers. Oh, and this is TV-crime-procedural kingpin Jerry Bruckheimer’s first foray into sitcoms.

Pros: The misguidedly ironic use of the word "modern" in the title might, under certain circumstances, be construed as amusing. Actress Rhea Seehorn, who has a bit part in episode two, singularly shows more promise than this entire enterprise.

Cons: Seymour replaced Wendy Malick, who was had to relinquish the role when ABC ill-advisedly renewed "Jake in Progress" (which received one airing this season before getting yanked). Seymour isn’t as funny as Malick was on the original pilot, but that scarcely matters, since there’s hardly any comedy involved to begin with: It’s difficult even to find an alleged one-liner to prove how dismal the dialogue is.

In a nutshell: An intensely moronic reflection of contemporary mores. Wendt’s rug might get the biggest laugh on the show.