January 21, 2011

New CMT sitcom Working Class is worth a look

WORKING CLASS focuses on Carli Mitchell (Melissa Peterman), a single mom from a rough and tumble background trying to give her kids a better life by moving them to an upscale suburb. She quickly finds that making the transition to "the good life" is harder than she thought.

She's unwittingly befriended by her cranky neighbor, Hank (Ed Asner), her only "career" prospect is a glorified deli job at the local grocery store, and the man she falls for not only already has a girlfriend – but he's also her boss, Rob (Patrick Fabian). With her ladies-man brother, Nick (Steve Kazee), to help her out (when he's not acting like one of the kids himself), Carli faces the challenges of parenting, dating, and making friends in her new community by doing more with less, staying true to herself, and approaching each day with a touch of working class.

I had the chance to preview a new CMT situation comedy called "Working Class" which stars the always gruff but lovable Ed Asner and Melissa Peterman, who most of you will remember as Barbara Jean from the sitcom "Reba" starring Reba McEntire.

As Barbara Jean, Melissa Peterman was a hoot playing a ditzy blonde Amazon. She had a busload of witty one-liners and it wasn't surprising that many of them were repeated around water coolers to the amusement of many. After "Reba" was cancelled, there was a big hole left when we couldn't get more of "Barbara Jean".

Well, guess what? Melissa Peterman is back with a brand new sitcom on CMT (Country Music Television) called "Working Class". In "Working Class", Melissa plays Carli Mitchell, a single mother trying to raise three kids on a meager deli clerk's salary. She also has a brother living with her who is... well, something of a "moocher" since he won't - or can't - hold a real job, and is less than satisfactory when he's left in charge of supervising Carli's kids while she works.

None of which is anything original. But by casting Melissa Peterman as Carli and Ed Asner as her co-worker Hank, there is plenty of opportunity for lots of sass and zinging one-liners.

In the season premiere, Carli's old flame from high school shows up hoping to re-ignite his "spark" with Carli — even if it means humiliating her in front of her new boss. To make matters worse, Carli is attracted to her new boss and flirts outrageously with him before she knows his real identity.

I can see where this is going, can't you? But I'm okay with it, because Melissa and Ed will be a pleasure to watch each week as we take a peek into the life of a single working class mother with a very witty sense of humor.

"Working Class" premieres January 28 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on CMT, followed by a second all-new episode at 8:30 pm. Catch the premiere and see if you agree with me that this one holds a lot of potential!

Disclosure: I am a member of the One2One Network and will be entered into a gift card drawing for posting about this new show. My opinions, however, are my own.


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