We Are Men Preview: Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O'Connell, Kal Penn And Chris Smith Unite

By Kelly West 2 years ago discussion comments
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It seems like there's some confusion over who's the star of this show among its cast. Amusing segments aside, what's evident here is that We Are Men has some funny male leads sharing the spotlight. The comedy stars Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O'Connell, Kal Penn and Chris Smith together, playing four men living in a short-term apartment complex and attempting to ride out the aftermath of their individual romantic troubles.

CBS' full description breaks down the characters' backgrounds even further.
WE ARE MEN is a single-camera comedy about four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love.  Carter (Chris Smith), the youngest and most recent addition to the group, moved in after being ditched at the altar mid-ceremony, and is now eager to re-enter the dating scene and get on with his life with some guidance from his “band of brothers”:  Frank Russo (Golden Globe and multiple Emmy Award winner Tony Shalhoub), a successful middle-aged clothing manufacturer and four-time divorcée who still fancies himself a ladies man; Gil Bartis (Kal Penn), a small business owner who was caught having the world’s worst affair; and Stuart Strickland (Jerry O’Connell), a speedo-wearing OB/GYN who’s hiding his assets until his second divorce is settled. 

Jill (Rebecca Breeds) is Frank’s charming and attractive daughter, who stands as the one positive remnant from his failed relationships. Armed with a hot tub, pool-side barbeque and plenty of questionable advice, these losers in the marriage department take Carter under their wing to impart their own brand of wisdom about the opposite sex.  Emmy Award winner Rob Greenberg, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. Rob Greenberg directed the pilot.

The age gap between the characters is particularly intriguing. Rather than putting for twenty or thirty-somethings together, we have a multigenerational set of men, which could make for some more original humor than what we might see in another other bro-centric comedy.

CBS has this one set to air on Monday nights, which may offset some of the more female-focused humor brought to viewers by 2 Broke Girls and newcomer Mom. But it may stand out a bit, as it's the lone single-camera comedy airing on CBS on Monday nights. So we'll have to wait and see how it does. I'm also wondering when we can start referring to it as WAM.

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CBS has We Are Men set to air Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET starting this fall. View CBS' full 2013-2014 line-up here.
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