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Series premiere: Brothers

In television on 09/25/2009 at 9:17 am

Series name
Brothers

Debuts
Friday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox, repeating Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on Fox (note: one-hour premiere)

Regularly airs
Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox

Premise
Recently retired NFL star returns home to Houston to find his brother Chill is having a hard time keeping his restaurant afloat. Old sibling rivalry flares up. Parents try to get NFL star to stay for good.

Primary cast and crew
Michael Strahan (former New York Giant) is Mike, recently retired NFL star who has no intentions of moving back home.
Daryl Chill Mitchell (Ed, House Party, The Outside Man) is Chill, who runs (not very successfully) a resto-bar. He’s in a wheelchair after a car accident (much like Mitchell, who was paralyzed from the waist down after a motorcycle crash in 2001).
CCH Pounder (The Shield, Avatar, Law and Order: SVU) is Adele, mother and, soon, bartender.
Carl Weathers (The Shield, In the Heat of the Night, Tour of Duty) is Coach, the couch-lovin’ dad.
Lenny Clarke (Rescue Me) is Lenny. All I know.
Eric Tannenbaum (Sit Down and Shut Up, Two and a Half Men), Kim Tannenbaum (Sit Down and Shut Up, Two and a Half Men), Mitch Hurwitz (Sit Down and Shut Up, Arrested Development) and Don Reo (Everybody Hates Chris, My Wife and Kids) are exec producers and writers.

Buzz buzz
Kim Kardashian will guest star. Whoever she is. And Mike Tyson. I know who he is.

But what do I know anyway? After having seen only the trailer …
The bickering adult siblings gives me pause — not really interested in that — but CCH Pounder in a comedy? I might like that.

Other reviews
Robert Lloyd of the L.A. Times likes it, more or less. “Once you factor out the pilot’s worst tics — the old-folks-getting-busy-while-the-kids-are-out jokes, Weathers’ recurring observations on men shaving their pubic hair, and jokes about the gap in Strahan’s teeth — there is much to like.”

Robert Bianco of USA Today likes it also.

Kelly Woo at AOL.tv loves the cast, but wishes it were in another sitcom.

Official website
Basic: bios, some behind the scenes videos.

Facebook
Looks like straight promo. Not much fan or even “fan” postings in evidence. For what that’s worth.

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for my select list of fall 2009 premieres and other important dates. Who am I to tell you what to do, but you could consider bookmarking it…

— Denise Duguay

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