April 7th, 2011
09:53 AM ET
In a season that's seen exactly one new quality sitcom on a broadcast network ("Raising Hope"), after enduring the likes of "Perfect Couples," "Running Wilde," "Traffic Light," "Mad Love" and yes, even "Mr. Sunshine," Wednesday night's premiere of "Breaking In" was a breath of fresh air.
First of all, Christian Slater is taking on the Alec Baldwin-in-"30 Rock" role here - and that's a very good thing. The intriguing, though short-lived, "My Own Worst Enemy," and aptly-named "The Forgotten," obviously didn't work for him in the lead role. This time, he takes a back seat to Bret Harrison, who has been terrific in everything from "The Loop" to "Reaper," and really deserves a successful series.
Slater, as the boss of a security firm, bribing Harrison into being his intern is a great role for him. So far the show is shaping up as an office comedy, where the job often involves using remote control toy helicopters and cracking safes.
Cameron's most entertaining co-worker is Alphonso McAuley as geeky prankster "Cash" Sparks (coming from the writer of "Fanboys," of course there are plentiful references to Wookiees and Dragon*Con). A close second is Michael Rosenbaum, better known as Lex from "Smallville," who has thus far only had one scene as Cameron's crush, Melanie's boyfriend.
As for Melanie, unfortunately she's only a one-note "tough girl" so far, and the untrustworthy Jim Carrey-ish Josh isn't much better. Here's hoping we get to know them better in coming episodes. (Next week's has a big role for guest star Alyssa Milano, so that may not happen just yet.)
It's too early to tell if the show did as well as "Mobbed" last week - post-"Idol" - but I hope it does well enough to stick around.
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