What Is ‘Dads?’

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    What is “Dads?” “Dads” is a new fall 2013 TV show set to premiere on Sept. 17 on FOX. The series, created by Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, known for their work on the movie “Ted” and hit FOX cartoon “Family Guy,” stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi as video game creators whose lives are turned upside down when their fathers suddenly move in with them. “Dads” is notable because it’s executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, and it marks the first live-TV program from the “Family Guy” creator and “Ted” mastermind.

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    What is “Dads?” In one respect, the fall 2013 new TV show is an “Odd Couple”-type sitcom, as Green’s character, Eli, is a messy stoner, while Ribisi’s Warner is a family man with a wife and two kids. Warner and Eli founded their video game company in college, and even though they’re “at very different places in their lives,” they remain good friends, according to FOX. But their friendship—and sanity—could be put to the test when Warner’s dad, Crawford, played by Martin Mull, moves in with Warner and his quick-tempered wife, Camila, played by Vanessa Lachey. At the same time, Eli’s pop, David, portrayed by Peter Riegert, barges into his son’s life, negative attitude in tow.

    Ask the question “What is ‘Dads?’” of FOX execs, and they’ll likely say “a surefire hit,” as hopes are high for the fall 2013 new TV show. “The invasion of the DADS will give these friends and business partners their biggest challenge yet,” according to FOX. “Between dubious schemes, passive-aggressive busy-bodying and light kissing-on-the-lips, will these beleaguered sons be able to hold the line in the face of two massive game-changers?”

    What is “Dads” to critics, though? Writing for Zap2it.com, Carina Adly MacKenzie said the FOX comedy isn’t one of the better fall 2013 TV shows, despite the presence of Seth Green and Giovanna Ribisi and track record of Seth MacFarlane. “Call it whatever you want—hipster/ironic/faux/casual racism—there’s enough of it on television and it’s not edgy or fresh,” she wrote, answering the question of “What is ‘Dads?’” as bluntly as possible. “This show seems to be built on the same foundations as Macfarlane’s Oscar jokes, which were more offensive than memorable.”
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