Picks and Pans Review: Too Something
Fox (Sundays, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Like so many other characters in network sitcoms, Eric and Donny live in a sprawling Manhattan apartment and have glamorous careers (Eric is a novelist, and Donny is a fine-arts photographer). The difference is that these guys can afford the rent on the apartment only because they sublet a room to a corrosively bitter woman (Mindy Seeger). As for their artistic accomplishments, well, they've never actually done anything. They're stuck in the "germinating" stage. To support, themselves, Eric and Donny work in the mail room of a big corporation.
As played by Eric Schaeffer and Donal Lardner Ward, the team that wrote, directed and starred in the 1994 film My Life's in Turnaround, these slackers are deliriously quirky. When they are accidentally elevated into the executive ranks, Donny gets indignant with the boss: "We demand to be demoted back to the mail room, effective immediately." To which Eric adds, "And have this promotion struck from our record." Although Too Something putters along with a limiting concept, the two lugs are oddly likable.
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