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Series debut: Sons of Tucson Sundays on Fox, Thursdays on Global

In television on 03/13/2010 at 6:38 pm

Series name
Sons of Tucson

Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox (and, okay, I missed the premiere on Global, which debuted the show Thursday, March 11, 2010)

Regularly airs
Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Global and Sundays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox

Three brothers are dad-less on account of dad being convicted of bank fraud or some such. Anyway, dad’s in prison, but he had this great house in Tucson, (purchased with ill-gotten cash, but not so far traced to him) and so the kids (stick with me here) move to Tucson to avoid being put in foster care. Only, they need a fake dad to front for them when necessary (registering for school, etc.). So they’re at the mall one day, trolling for dads when they see this totally idiotic juvenile clerk at a sporting goods store who looks desperate enough to “lie for money”. He turns out to be as good at lying as their con man dad, only without the millions. Before you know it, they’re a kind of very weird family. Only, of course, not really.

Primary cast and crew
Tyler Labine (Reaper) is Ron Snuffkin, only he goes by Ron Gunderson now. For the children.

Frank Dolce (the film Doubt, the Broadway version of Billy Elliott) is Gary Gunderson, the nerd who is the brains of this operation. He does not (yet) comprehend fun.

Matthew Levy (Chicago theatre and some films, including Farewell Darkness) is Brandon, the eldest, handsomest and breeziest.

Benjamin Stockham (Quarantine) is Robby, the baby. Also the most likely to arm himself. But wounded nonetheless by virtual fatherlessness. So kinda like a kitten, crossed with a viper.

But what do I know anyway? After having seen three episodes, I predict…

Predict? I’ve gotta change this setup. I said the Marriage Ref was sweet and funny and frankly I can’t go a hour at work without someone plunking down on my desk to tell me just how bad Jerry Seinfeld’s new Thursday night show is. So, predict? No. I will not saddle you or Sons of Tucson with my prediction. But I will say that when I finally figured out the @&!!?%# preview software and was able to actually watch the episodes, I was in just about the crappiest mood imaginable. And  yet I snorted my Cheerios. And that was before the fart jokes! So it’s not Mad Men. And it’s base. And there are serious leaps of logic. And damned if I didn’t enjoy the hell out of it. But wait, is it possible that this tale of an immature, but basically good-hearted con man raising three mini-con-men-brothers in a soulless Tucson suburb is a parable about Family? Nah. That’s stupider than two fart jokes in a row.

Other reviews
L.A. Times completely agrees with me, so there doubting colleagues!

Metacritic’s gathering of reviews has the show averaging at 55 out of 100, with the low end being coming from the San Francisco Chronicle (“dumb piled on dumber”).

Official website
I’m not lying to you here. I’m on the verge of a badly needed week away from the TV and the computer. I will say this: there is a website. It has lots of stuff. No idea if it’s worth your time.

Ditto official website note.

What? No Twitter for me to not comment about? I’m outraged.

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for my select list of fall 2010 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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