If you were one of the many who developed a crush on Skylar Astin after seeing Pitch Perfect, then you're probably excited for the premiere of his new TV series, Ground Floor. The TBS sitcom comes from writer Bill Lawrence, the man behind Scrubs and Cougar Town. Here's a feel for what to expect from the new show, which premieres tonight.
- What it's about: Brody (Astin) is a rising star in the finance world, which means he's pretty much sold his soul to the world of money management. When he hooks up with — and, consequently, falls for — Jennifer (Briga Heelan), who works in his company's maintenance department (literally, on the ground floor), he has to succumb to scrutiny from his boss and co-workers. At the same time, he's struggling to make a relationship work with a free spirit who doesn't really understand Brody's dedication to a seemingly boring career.
- Where it works: Astin is charming and relatable, and the jokes about the antics of working in finance feel current. Astin also has good chemistry with Heelan, and the fact that Jennifer is more of the guy in their relationship is a nice change of pace. It also doesn't hurt that Astin sings and dances in the pilot.
- Where it doesn't work: There are a lot of sitcom clichés here: pretty much everyone who works downstairs with Jennifer seems more like a cartoon character than a real person, and the class-system separation between the two departments seems overly forced. While I loved John C. McGinley on Scrubs, his character here as Brody's boss essentially seems like Dr. Cox in a new career path, which is a disappointment.
- You might like this show if: You're missing The Office (and you don't mind a laugh track).
- When it's on: Thursdays at 10 p.m. on TBS