CMT’s Working Class- New TV Show Premiere Review

17 Jan

I have always been a fan of Ed Asner and Melissa Peterman, so I was very excited to be given the chance to see this premiere episode of CMT’s new TV show Working Class!

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).


Posted by on January 17, 2011 in Reviews, Uncategorized


8 responses to “CMT’s Working Class- New TV Show Premiere Review

  1. Jason

    January 17, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I’m no fan of Ed Asner so I was going to pass on checking out the show but I might now.

    • apesydaisy

      January 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Well, at least see the first episode. It doesn’t look like he is a “pivotal” role, or at least not yet, but he is a lead. It really was funny! 🙂

  2. floyd

    January 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    When I was a kid I watched the Mary Tyler Moore show, I didn’t think too much of Asner then. Some years later he portrayed that same character of Lou Grant in a series I believe by the same name. I have to admit that show, not necessarily his character inspired me to take journalism classes in high school. I’m not a big TV guy, but i’ll have to give it a watch.

    • apesydaisy

      January 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      I loved Mary Tyler Moore! 🙂

  3. Robin Lunceford

    January 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I think your review of “Working Class” with Melissa Peterman hits “the nail right on the head”. Melissa’s humor, expressions and her
    character reflect main stream America with a lot of familes. She is so funny but she has a great sense of morals and like “Reba” she knows there are a lot of “little eyes watching her”…probably because she has a son “Riley”.

    I have watched all the movie trailors and I think this show will be watched for years to come like…Lucy, Lou Grant, Mary Tyler Moore, Happy Days and so many more…good clean comedy.

    Steve Kazee commented that he remembers from his past… “standing in line to get government cheese”…like so many others do in America. Kudos to Melissa, Patrick, Steve, Ed, Lachian, Courtney, Cameron and the staff/team who has put together this sitcom.

    • apesydaisy

      January 18, 2011 at 11:20 am

      Thanks for visiting my site. I look forward to the show!

  4. denise

    January 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I was fortantue to see Melissa at the taping of Reba one time. She is an awesome funny actress. I can’t wait for this show to air. Melissa was awesomely funny as Barbara Jean on Reba and I can’t wait to see them together again on a episode of Working Class is gonna be great. Now to get the rest of the cast from Reba to make a guest appearance on the show would be really fun. Maybe Cheyenne and Van could reprise their roles as neighbors looking to move into the neighborhood.

    • apesydaisy

      January 18, 2011 at 11:20 am

      It’s cool that you have met her! I loved the show Reba and can’t wait to see how they bring her on as a guest role.


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