Day three of WonderCon had me sitting down with the cast of Breaking In, the upcoming comedy from Fox premiering April 6 at 9:30 p.m. Airing after American Idol, the show is bound to do pretty well for itself, but I think it's the funny characters, hilarious situations, and total geek cred that will make the show a hit. Christian Slater (who needs no introduction), Odelle Annable (Cloverfield), Bret Harrison (V), and Alphonso McAuley (Pride) star, and after talking with them about working together, office comedies, and tech toys, I found five reasons geeks should tune in. Check it out below.
- The writers — The writers of Breaking In are totally legit in their geek cred. Adam F. Goldberg wrote Fanboys and Revenge of the Nerds among others, while Seth Gordon directed such nerdy films as The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, and lent his geeky touch to episodes of The Office and Modern Family. So you know all those geek culture references you find riddled inside the Breaking In trailer are coming from the right place.
- Geek culture nuggets — Breaking In is about a high-tech security firm that uses all kinds of technology — from computer software to gadgets — to make clients more secure. Of course, they "test" a client's current security systems by hacking in first, which sets the stage for lots of gadget and tech references. But more than that, there's even an episode where the team has to deliver a copy of (fictional) "Goonies 2: The Legend of Sloth" to a ComicCon like event. Costumes are donned, hilarity ensues, it's sure to entertain.
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- Alphonso McAuley — His character, Cash, may seem completely over the top on the show, but he's just like that in real life. In fact, Cash is described to be a "fanboy," and it seems that this guy was typecast — while chatting with him, he not only proved to be a tech geek himself, but says The Twilight Zone was the best sci-fi series ever. He's got my vote.
- Authenticity — So I think you get it when I say that Breaking In is authentic in ways other shows may not be, thanks to the writers and actors. But to add to it, Christian Slater, who isn't necessarily "geeky" himself, went out of his way to secure Captain Kirk's actual chair from Star Trek as one of the on-set props. I can't wait to see what other kinds of Easter eggs are hiding on set.
- Recipe — Breaking In appears to be a nice blend of Lie to Me, The Office and 30 Rock, but with it's own nerdy twist. If you like any of these shows, it's likely that you'll enjoy Breaking In.
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