Picks and Pans Review: Pig Sty
UPN (Mondays, 9:30 p.m. ET)
This sitcom from the new United Paramount Network is the post-collegiate version of Animal House, with five twentysomething guys jostling around in a cramped two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan.
David Arnott (who not coincidentally resembles John Belushi) plays the slob of the group, an apish advertising man given to such pronouncements as, "Sunday night, boys. You know what that means: a pack of smokes, fried chicken, a box of Devil Dogs and any video starring Miss Adrienne Barbeau!" At my house, that's Thursday.
His roommates include a bartender (Brian McNamara) who collects rejection notices from the New Yorker, a wide-eyed doctor (Sean O'Bryan) from Iowa and a dapper assistant D.A. (All My Children's Matt Borlenghi).
It's never explained why men with such responsible jobs would need to live like sardines, but that's all right. There are other mysteries to ponder. For instance, in an upcoming episode, Borlenghi's uncle visits, and they put him up in the "spare" bedroom. Huh? Also dropping by once an episode is the building's sarcastic super (Liz Vassey). The funniest character in the zoo is a space cadet tobacco heir (Timothy Fall of Bob) who improvises stupidly obvious songs on his guitar. But Fall's is the lowest profile in the show.
The humor is an uncomfortable blend of the ingenuous and the cynical, making for a genial but simpy comedy, a sitcom without snap.
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