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‘Man Up’s’ Christopher Moynihan Glad to Wait for Series Launch

Christopher Moynihan, Henry Simmons ABC photo by Karen Neal

“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.”

‘Little Fockers’ Gears Up for September Start

Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner and Teri Polo in Universal's "Meet the Parents"

Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner and Teri Polo in Universal's "Meet the Parents"

“Little Fockers” – the third installment of the Focker comedies starring by Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, and Teri Polo — will be rolling the beginning of September, a couple of months later than initially planned, with rehearsals to begin next month or August.  The delay, according to Polo, has to do with Stiller’s crowded work schedule on another project.

What does she think of the script?  “We’re not seeing the script ’til we start shooting, basically,” says the lovely actress, who just turned 40.  “They’re working on that as well.”

For Polo, the “Fockers” films – also starring Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, and Owen Wilson — are “a dream job…it’s an honor to be part of this.”  It also happens to fit well into her personal life as the mother of two.  “My daughter is young enough, she can come on the set,” she says of two-year-old Bailey.  Her son Griffin, who turns seven this summer, “came onto the set of ‘Meet the Fockers’ with me,” she recalls.  “It’s being shot in L.A. so I really don’t have to break away from them.  It’s nice to have a little bit of normalcy, then a little bit of abnormalcy.”

The actress also lucked out, schedule-wise, she says, in the production of NBC’s July 26 and Aug. 2 “The Storm” mini series with James Van Der Beek, David James Elliott, Treat Williams and John Larroquette.  “I’m in the beginning of the movie, hunting down what’s going on and hunting down the bad guys,” says Polo, who plays “a very feisty, ornery personality” in the mini.  “The weather only gets really bad when I’m out of the picture.”