Picks and Pans Review: Blue Skies
ABC (Mondays, 8:30 p.m. ET)
In this sitcom, Matt Roth and Corey Parker play the young owners of a Massachusetts catalog for outdoorsy gear ("Think back to when we first got started," says Parker. "We didn't have some grand five-year plan. We had one brilliant idea: Rip off L.L. Bean"). But they both get a little distracted when they agree to make a flighty but fetching Harvard MBA (Julia Campbell) an equal partner. No more leering through a telescope in their corner office at the women's crew teams rowing down the Charles River. Richard Kind plays Parker's cousin, an accountant who in the pilot absconds with all the guys' profits and is thrown in jail. (He's back in the office by the second episode.) And Stephen Tobolowsky plays a dense employee named Oak, who tests all their products.
Despite some tendencies toward smuttiness (including one egregiously overworked running gag about Kind having a single testicle), Blue Skies makes a nice fit following Coach on ABC's retooled Monday-night schedule, sharing as it does some of that show's easy jocularity. Unfortunately the key cast members need a good deal more comedic seasoning to carry a series.
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