Show Title: CMT’s Working Class
Executive Producers: Jill Cargerman (Spin City, Las Vegas, Gary Unmarried) and Bryan Johnson of The Film Syndicate
WORKING CLASS focuses on Carli Mitchell (Melissa Peterman – Reba, The Singing Bee), a single mom from a rough and tumble background, trying to give her kids a better life by moving them to an upscale suburb. She quickly finds that making the transition to “the good life” is harder than she thought. She’s unwittingly befriended by her cranky neighbor, Hank (Ed Asner – The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Disney Pixar’s UP), her only “career” prospect is a glorified deli job at the local grocery store, and the man she falls for not only already has a girlfriend – but he’s also her boss, Rob (Patrick Fabian – Joan of Arcadia, Saved by the Bell: The College Years). With her ladies-man brother, Nick (Steve Kazee), to help her out (when he’s not acting like one of the kids himself), Carli faces the challenges of parenting, dating, and making friends in her new community by doing more with less, staying true to herself, and approaching each day with a touch of working class.
The first season includes guest appearances by Reba (Reba), John Schnieder (The Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville), David Faustino (Married With Children), Kathy Kinney (The Drew Carey Show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Martin Mull (Roseanne, Sabrina The Teenaged Witch), Ryan Stiles (Who’s Line is it Anyway), Lesley Ann Warren (Pure Country, Desperate Housewives), and CMT’s own Evan Farmer from CMT Top 20 Countdown.
I recently had the opportunity to see sneak preview of CMT’s first scripted sitcom, Working Class starring Melissa Peterman. I thought the show was funny and I was glad to see Melissa’s character was nothing like her annoying, yet lovable character of Barbara Jean on Reba.
Peterman plays Carli, a struggling single mom of three (four if you count her adult brother who lives with her) who works at a grocery store deli and falls for her boss, the manager of the store who already has a girlfriend. I thought the show was well acted and Peterman plays the role well. Take your average single parent, low income household and throw in some comedy and you have Working Class.
The description of the show I thought was a little misleading though. Ed Asner’s character is Carli’s co-worker and not her neighbor. Also, it talks about her moving her kids into an “upscale suburb but the pilot episode did not address that, so I don’t know if that is something that comes later in the season or what.
Overall however, I did like the show and thought it was funny and like Reba I feel it is a show that will last several years.
WORKING CLASS premieres January 28 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT.
*I was able to watch a sneak preview of Working Class by being a member of the One2One Network. By writing this honest review, I was entered for a chance at one of ten prizes which include prize packs from CMT and either a $25 or $50 VISA gift card but was not financially compensated in any other way. The opinions expressed here are my own..*