Two long or short years ago,
I also predicted that you would see the actresses again, and — abracadabra — here they are, in "Playing House." I am available for private readings.
Their likable new series, "Playing House," which premieres Tuesday on the less frantic USA network, walks very much in its predecessor's steps. Where in the earlier series St. Clair moved across the country to live with best friend Lennon (and Lennon's boyfriend) after her marriage ended, here she moves halfway around the world to live with best friend Lennon, who is pregnant, after Lennon's marriage ends.
Lennon and Parham met as performers at the
As at the Friars, the humor gets low at times, but the characters themselves do not; which is not to say that they keep their dignity. The conversation is long on riffing and syntactically comical constructions like "I think he prefers Germans because of their husky nature" and "Congrats and mazels to you guys."
This time, we are in a small town in Connecticut, from which St. Clair's character, who is Emma, happily escaped into a world of big business, and where Lennon's character, who is Maggie, feels very much at home. Comedy will proceed from this difference.
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It's a lively show, and at times a lovely one. (See the "Birdbones" episode, in which the stars find the human being in a girl they used to be mean about.) There is something invigorating, even joyful, in watching the rites of friendship enacted by actual friends.
It's a kind of two-for-one enjoyment, that works whether you're conscious of the players or the parts they're playing. And with "Broad City" settling in on
"Soromance," is that a word yet? Lucy and Ethel forever.
When: 10 and 10:31 p.m. Tuesday