ABC will be rolling out How To Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) on Wednesday, April 3. The show will fill the 9:30 time slot currently held by Suburgatory. It was originally slated to air on Tuesdays starting in January, but the best laid plans and all that. Piloting a new sitcom in April is an unusual move for the major networks, one that doesn’t bode well for the long-term success of the show.
How To Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) tells the story of newly-single mom Polly, played by Sarah Chalke (made famous as the second Becky on Roseanne). After her husband falls off the gambling wagon, Polly packs up her young daughter and moves back home with mom, Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins), and step-dad, Max (Brad Garrett). Orlando Jones rounds out the top credentialed stars.
The advance trailer for How To Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) doesn’t give much hope for a ratings bonanza. The gag seems to be that Elaine is a sexual free-bird who thinks nothing of sharing her past and present exploits with her daughter in a variety of inappropriate moments and ways. Despite the fact that Elaine and Max have absolutely no parenting skills or inclinations or even rudimentary social skills they are pressed into babysitting service so that Polly can go out and start experiencing the single life once again. Let the hilarity ensue.
An entire season of How To Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) has been filmed. Factor in the sunk costs, peculiar start date, and the big name stars and you’ve got a recipe for the alphabet network to give How To Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) a long leash. But no matter how much leeway ABC is willing to give season 1, there will not be a season 2 unless the show proves to be much better than the mess that was presented in the trailer and it somehow finds an audience. As much as we long for TV to find a new vehicle for Garrett’s comedic brilliance, this doesn’t look like it.