Friday, September 9, 2011

Five Days, Ten New Shows -- Allen Gregory


When and Where:
FOX; Sundays 8:30/7:30c; Starts Oct. 30

Created by Jonah Hill

Allen Gregory is perhaps the world's most pretentious 7-year-old boy. A child prodigy used to home-schooling, he must prepare for a clash with reality upon attending public school for the first time.

This is only one of two new animated sitcoms FOX is trying out this season, hoping to capitalize further on their immensely successful Animation Domination lineup. I grew up in the 1990's, surrounded by innovative (for the time anyway), creative and thoroughly entertaining cartoon shows for both adults and kids alike. It's unsurprising, then that I take quite a liking to the Sunday night FOX lineup, as much as the fact that The Simpsons, one of the shows I distinctively recall watching growing up is still on the air today.

One man who was clearly influenced and motivated by The Simpsons, actually admitting that he always wanted to write for it as a kid, is comedy superstar Jonah Hill. As an actor, Hill has worked with major bigwigs like Tom Shadyac, Adam Sandler, and most notably Judd Apatow. With the film background he has, the star was able to parlay his success and develop a major animated TV series, a dream come true for him.

From what I've seen, Allen Gregory seems funny enough, reliant on a sense of wit that almost reminds me of Frasier from time to time. It seems awfully high-class for a FOX sitcom (and especially for a block dominated by Seth MacFarlane), but that's mostly derived from the protagonist. One bit that had he smiling was asking for his teachers first name and feeling exhausted when she questioned his approach. In addition, the flash animation maintains a solid pace and gives off a unique style that suits the choice of lead character well.

In addition to the debut of this show following the World Series, FOX also has Napoleon Dynamite, based on the independent film of the same name slated for midseason. Also returning midseason is Bob's Burgers, a show from the Dr. Katz team that did solidly debuting in the middle of last season. And on top of that, the creators of Family Guy are trying to revive The Flintstones for next season. In the midst of all of this animated work, all of it coming together to make FOX even more distinctive than it already is from the other broadcasters, Allen Gregory seems to work rather solidly as the new showcase for the Fall.
If anything, I think I may like it more than New Girl. (Although you are free to chalk that up to bias.)

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