April 7th, 2011
09:53 AM ET
'Breaking In' breaks out of the pack
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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man oh man how could you not like traffic light, mr. sunshine, or running wilde. While they are not the best of comedy, they all have at least some moments with laughter and touching moments
Shame on me for failing to mention the delightfully weird "Bob's Burgers," which will be back for a second season.
"BRAD" from Grounded for Life. So funny in that show. I loved this show last night. Had me cracking up in all the right places. BTW Thanks for settling an argument for me...I said Jim Carrey too, husband was going with Dwight from The Office.
I thought it was HILARIOUS! That one guy, the weird one that was all jealous of Bret Harrison's character being pulled into their loop, played on The Whitest Kids You Know. Give him a chance and you will see he is super funny!! Bret Harrison is great and Christian Slater needs a break.
I thought the show was great – very funny with lots of cute innuendos. Can't wait to see how some of the characters develop in coming shows. Definitely a keeper!
who cares. . . .