The new 12 episode, multi-camera series follows Carli Mitchell
(Melissa Peterman), a single mom from a rough and tumble
background, trying to give her three 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), 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). 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. (from CMT release)
This premiere episode is a hoot! I love Peterman and Asner in this and the supporting characters are good as well! The episode walks us through Carli’s life as a single mother. The show follows her at home, work in the grocery store where she mistakes her boss for a co-worker, which turns around in her favor later, an embarrassing engagement scene, which is too funny, and back at home to be a parent again.
As a single mom, I can relate to her struggle to make ends meet, hold down a good job, parent her children and still keep her sanity. Peterman brings a touch of the quirkiness we all fell in love with in her role as Barbara Jean on Reba.
All in all, I am looking forward to this new series and hope that it proves to be as funny as it can be with characters such as Asner and Peterman. Also, I am looking forward to guest appearances in future episodes such as Reba, Ryan Stiles (Whose Line is it Anyway; Drew Carey Show) and Lesley Ann Warren (In Plain Sight; Desperate Housewives).