After the explosion of premiere week, there are a few stragglers among the new shows that have yet to premiere. The first of this hit on Monday night with the series premiere of "We Are Men." The new bro-medy took the cushy post-"HIMYM" spot on CBS's schedule.
It's about a group of recently divorced men who are regrouping while living at the same apartment complex. Among them are Jerry O'Connell, Tony Shalhoub and Kal Penn. In fact, the least recognizable member of the foursome is also the newest. Chris Smith plays Carter Thomas, who's just moved in after his fiancee left him standing at the altar.
In the premiere, Carter wound up reconnecting with her -- she didn't stick with the wedding crasher either -- but the guys crashed his second attempt to marry her and forced him to think about what he was doing. After all, she was pushing him to give up his dreams of being a basketball coach.
“I need to know that you love me for me, and not some guy you want me to be," he told her. Rather than answer, though, his fiancee said that his new "idiot" friends had brainwashed him. And so this time, it was Carter who left her standing there.
The critical consensus of the new series seems to be that it sits somewhere between dull and offensive. E! Online's Tierney Bricker summed it up by saying, "They are men, we are bored." Over at IGN, Matt Fowler agreed, describing "We Are Men" as "a hodge-podge of mediocrity designed to go down like a chewy children's vitamin - with, of course, the underlying message that women are all soul-sucking demons designed to prevent men from having any fun.”
USA Today's Robert Bianco pointed out the strength of the cast, making it all the more disappointing that the show doesn't live up to them. "The shame here is that three of TV's more personable men — Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O'Connell and Kal Penn — are being wasted by this misbegotten series," he wrote. "There are women in this world, but ... they are all either bodies to be admired or shrews to be avoided. Really: If these are men and those are women, one shudders for the survival of the race.”
They'll still be men next week on "We Are Men," Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS. Will you still be watching?
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