Monday, March 27, 2006

Not Angry. Yet.

A number of readers have been nice enough to point to an Associated Press story on new sitcoms loaded up for next season. It looks like a show called The Angriest Man in Suburbia has the green light from CBS. From what I've read, it should be DOA. I give it six episodes. Apparently, the character won't be a single-joke grumpy at-home dad. He'll also hate his new state, California. I really have no idea where the appeal lies, and I can simply hope that the main character's occupation isn't mined for tired, thirty-year-old gags.

It is possible to have a father-based sitcom that doesn't fall into that trap (CBS pulls off its single-father sitcom "Two-and-a-Half Men" without touching the dad-is-a-hopeless-failure-as-a-parent storyline), but simply showing an overwhelmed and irritated father struggling to relate to his smart-aleck kids just doesn't cut it as humor anymore. Sorry CBS.

Also -- File Under "Involved Fatherhood: Benefits": A new study finds that the quality of a father's relationship with his daughter is directly related to a delay in sexual activity. I know no one reading this site needs to be convinced, but it's a nice reminder that your attention makes a difference.

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