I’m not exactly sure why but more and more TV shows and movies have plots that bear a remarkable resemblance to my own life. The latest comes from the Fox Network which is prepping a new comedy for its fall season. The show is called The Winner and stars Rob Corddry of The Daily Show fame. It is a comedy or my own life (except the part about being 43 and rich)? Here’s a description of the show from the official Fox web site:
THE WINNER (mid-season)
A 43-and-a-half-year-old narrator, who is incredibly rich and successful, looks way back to 1994, when he lost his innocence and started to become a man – at the tender age of 32. In 1994, Glen Abbott (Rob Corddry, “The Daily Show”), still living with his parents, finally steps out into the world and tries to make something of himself when the only girl he’d ever kissed, the radiant Alison Miller (Erinn Hayes, “Everwood,” “Kitchen Confidential”), returns to town.
Driven by the desire to become a success and win Alison’s heart, Glen goes through his “wonder years” a mere 20 years older than, well, most everyone. But it’s not in vain, as this unlikely underdog will eventually transform from fear-riddled underachiever to the richest man in Buffalo in a mere five years.
Luckily, Glen doesn’t have to go though this awkward period alone. He becomes best friends with the only person he can truly relate to: Alison’s 13-year-old son Josh (Keir Gilchrist, “A Lobster Tale”). Josh is a fellow hypochondriac, and they help each other survive “puberty.” Glen also receives parental guidance from his absurdly enabling mother Irene (Julie Hagerty, “Girlfriends,” “Malcolm in the Middle”) and his supportive but quasi-rage-aholic dad Ron (Lenny Clarke, “Rescue Me,” “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”).