“Man Up” is getting its premiere so late into the new season, there’s already been time for several shows to debut, disappoint and die. There’s already been time for writers across the land to expound on the “emasculated” male characters on the tube this year. There’s even been time for advance critiques not to hurt Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” in terms of solid ratings for its first outing last week.
“Man Up” creator and costar Christopher Moynihan (“For Your Consideration,” “According to Jim”) is glad his show was held back for its unveiling until tonight (10/18), after Tim’s show. “I think it’s a good thing. They wanted to give us the greatest chance for success, and listen, it’s got to be better when viewers aren’t feeling oversaturated with new shows,” he says.
“Man Up” has Moynihan, Dan Fogler and Mather Zickel as a trio of buddies who haven’t exactly forsaken some of their high school ways despite jobs, children, a wife (Teri Polo) and an ex-wife (Amanda Detmer), who has a ridiculously sexy and accomplished new boyfriend (Henry Simmons). Moynihan would like us to know, “I didn’t write this to have some sort of social commentary on the modern man. I’m trying to write a sitcom that makes me laugh.”
But if it does come to social commentary, “The notion that we are a different generation of men than our forefathers is very true,” Moynihan says. “But if you saw the reports about the newWorldTradeCenter– the guys building those buildings, they’re real men. The guys inAfghanistan– they’re as manly as ever. This show is not about those guys. This show is about guys who have the luxury of being protected by those guys.”
As far as the “emasculated men/strong women” issue? He laughs.
“My dad’s father was in World War II. My dad was a police officer in the Bronxin the 1960s. Who’s calling the shots at home? My mom’s calling the shots.”