Bill Engvall, the comedian best known for starring on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour alongside Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy, is about to tackle the family sitcom. "The Bill Engvall Show," Engvall's take on the genre, premieres tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern on TBS.
Engvall plays Bill Pearson, a family counselor who of course has trouble giving his own family the same advice he'd give his clients. Bill's wife, Susan (Nancy Travis), seems to be the one with more control over wrangling their three children: argumentative Lauren, video game-loving Trent, and nerdy Bryan. The show is hardly breaking any new ground in terms of characterization: Bryan's geekiness is expressed mainly through his bowl haircut and outfit of plaid button-down shirt with sweater vest, while Trent seems to spend a lot of time listening to music through gigantic headphones.
That wasn't all that felt familiar in the episode I watched. The plot lines also felt like they'd been done before: pet snake gets loose in the house; daughter walks in on naked parents; son doesn't finish his English paper, so dad pitches in and writes it for him. But if you're a fan of Engvall's comedy, or if you're looking for a family sitcom that's an alternative to "According to Jim" or "Two and a Half Men," you might want to see if this one is more to your liking. For a preview of the show, check out this video on the TBS site.