There was an old story, perhaps apocryphal, about the famed New York theatre critic Clive Barnes. Someone asked why he always was kind to the first play he reviewed at the start of every season, to which Barnes supposedly replied, "Who am I to stone the first cast."
Which brings us to tonight's debut of the new CBC comedy 18 to Life (8 p.m.).
The cast is not the problem with this sitcom, with Disney 'Tween TV vet and Etobicoke School of the Arts grad Michael Seater and Degrassi girl Stacey Farber as sweet teen neighbours who get engaged on a dare. This comes over the objections of both families and hilarity ensues. Peter Keleghan plays one outraged dad, Ellen David, Alain Goulem and Angela Asher round out the cast.
The series was at one time on ABC's radar way back when cross border production show swaps were all the rage.
Then, I guess, the scripts came in, and this show got stopped at the border faster than a carry on bag full of aerosol cans. It has taken so long for CBC to get this show off the ground solo they almost had to change the title to 25 to 54.
Still, The Middle isn't all that funny yet still draws a small crowd, as does the increasingly unfunny show 18 to Life is paired with tonight, Little Mosque. There seems to be a longing for a good old fashioned family comedy on TV. Maybe this could grow up to be it.
Keleghan deserves better; I wish that Robert Evans-like character he plays on those airplane ads would be spun off on a sitcom. That I would watch.