From the sound of it, ABC’s new comedy Man Up will explore the idea of what it means to be a man in today’s society. Judging by the synopsis for the series and the clips we have to show you, Man Up could be another great ABC comedy.
ABC has Man Up set up next to another new comedy series (Last Man Standing) on Tuesday night, in what is likely to be an attempt to draw in more male viewers. Whether Man Up ends up portraying men as being little more than Axe body spray wearing, video game junkies or actually finds more depth in the subject of being a modern day man remains to be seen. In the meantime, the clips are funny enough.
Below is ABC’s synopsis for the series and further down are a few clips from the premiere episode:
Three modern men try to get in touch with their inner tough guys and redefine what it means to be a "real man" in this funny and relatable comedy.
Will's grandfather fought in WWII. Will's father fought in Vietnam. Will plays Call of Duty on his PS3 and drinks non-dairy hazelnut creamer. So what happened to all the real men? They're still here -- they just smell like pomegranate body wash now. Meet Will (Mather Zickel). His evolved, sensitive nature is why his awesome wife, Theresa (Teri Polo), married him. But Will and his friends find themselves wondering -- in a world of Axe ads and manscaping -- what does it really mean to be a guy anymore? Will is more interested in finding the perfect gift for his son Nathan's (Jake Johnson) 13th birthday than in doing his job selling insurance; sensitive soul Craig (Christopher Moynihan) still pines for his college ex, Lisa; and Kenny (Dan Fogler) clamps down on his anger and asks himself, "What would Tobey Maguire do?," when his ex, Brenda (Amanda Detmer), starts seeing a guy (Henry Simmons) who is everything he's not and much better looking. After Craig crashes Lisa's wedding to try to win her back, they are all faced with an opportunity to Man Up and be like their forefathers.
The show stars Christopher Moynihan as Craig, Mather Zickel (The Cape) as Will, Dan Fogler (Balls of Fury) as Kenny, Teri Polo (Meet the Fockers) as Theresa, Amanda Detmer (What About Brian) as Brenda and Henry Simmons (Shark) as Grant.
Man Up comes from writer/executive producer/actor Christopher Moynihan (100 Questions), executive producer Victor Fresco (Better off Ted), Ron West and Kelly Kulchak of Tagline Television (Psych) and director Beth McCarthy-Miller (SNL, 30 Rock). Man Up is produced by ABC Studios.
Man Up will begin airing Tuesdays this Fall (2011), 8:30-9:00 p.m., ET.
CLICK HERE to view ABC’s Fall 2011 Primetime Schedule.