Twenty Good Years Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 11 Airs: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. The Pitch: "Shticky Old Men" John Mason (John Lithgow) and Jeffrey Pyne (Jeffrey Tambor) have been friends forever, but they couldn't be more different. John is an impulsive surgeon who has bounced from wife to wife. Jeffrey is a cautious judge who pines for his late wife. The two men make a vow to live each day as if it's their last, to make the most of their last 20 years on earth. What They Got Right: If you made a list of the most reliably funny television stars of the past 20 years, Lithgow and Tambor would probably be on it somewhere. What's Oh, So Wrong: As funny as they've been elsewhere and often, they're not the least bit funny here. The pilot is 22 minutes of Lithgow and Tambor mugging relentlessly. It's as if they know that the script is generic and punchline-free, so they have to over-compensate. The mirthless mess is made even more exhausting by the fact that no supporting character stands out in any way. Recommended If ...: You're under the impression Lithgow and Tambor can do no wrong. See More 'Twenty Good Years' Photos Back to Fall TV Home
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