Kids In The Hall star Bruce McCulloch brings a new comedy to ABC this Fall with Carpoolers. The show depicts the lives of 4 men who carpool to work on a daily basis, highlighting all of the comical experiences that they go through, all while bonding as guys. The premise is pretty simple, and even from the previews for the show, it doesn’t seem like this comedy has a lot of leg-room to wiggle. That pigeon-holed premise of just showing their trips to and from work each day doesn’t leave a lot of creative ideas to play around with, and instead starts to present a predictable arena of the jokes that will be used, and additionally the reasons why this show doesn’t have a lot of hope to survive.
The cast has a number of familiar faces who have been on television recently, and from that standpoint there could be hope for a few curious viewers to turn in to the premiere on Tuesday, October 2nd at 8:30pm. Leading the way are Jerry O’Connell who most recently stared as a cop on Crossing Jordan, Fred Goss from Sons & Daughters and Significant Others, Jerry Minor from Saturday Night Live and soap star Tim Peper from Guiding Light. The most recognizable part of the cast has to be Faith Ford, who has been on the shows Hope & Faith as well as Murphy Brown for 10 seasons. The cast may be talented, but none of them will single-handedly draw in the necessary audience to keep this show from being canceled.
According to IMDB.com, ABC has only ordered 6 episodes of this show, and they are holding it back until it will premiere in the first week of October. This could be a fear that it will get buried in the first few weeks of premieres, or that they just don’t have hope that it can compete with the big dogs. What could have been a good time slot for ABC will pit this comedy against NCIS on CBS, The Biggest Loser on NBC, and Bones on FOX. It also speaks volumes that Bones and Biggest Loser were moved to this time slot, most likely because they didn’t think that ABC’s duo of Cavemen at 8:00pm and Carpoolers at 8:30pm would put up a lot of competition out of the ABC lot.
Only time will tell how well Carpoolers will do in the Fall schedule, but it’s hard to picture it being a success with such a succinct concept, and not enough of an individual draw that will convince people to tune in. While it should be good for a few laughs along the way, this is one of those shows that you shouldn’t sacrifice time getting involved in it, because it may not even make it through those first 6 episodes before it gets pulled. It looks like CBS can rest soundly that they will still have the best comedy shows on television.
*Carpoolers premieres on Tuesday, October 2nd at 8:30pm on ABC.