Hot In Cleveland a Rare Winner for TV Land?
Hot in Cleveland has been successful, there's no doubt to that fact - and now TV Land tries to build on its surprise sitcom hitwith "Retired at 35," a spectacularly unfunny show that reflects a parent's worst nightmare: A grown child moves home for no good reason and shows no sign of budging.
David Robbins (Johnathan McClain) is a harried New York executive for a company that makes "food-related wood products" -- yes, chopsticks. His boss can't stop calling him even though David is vacationing at his parents' Florida condo to help celebrate his mother Elaine's (Jessica Walter, "Arrested Development") birthday. Dad Alan (George Segal, "Just Shoot Me") wants David to stop "texturizing" on the phone and enjoy their retirement community that is "like college in slow motion."
Several predictable sitcom interruptions later, David quits his job -- which prompts his long-suffering mother to make a lifestyle change, too -- she walks out on her husband.
Now David is stuck trying to reconcile his parents. He also chases his high school dream girl (Ryan Michelle Bathe) and becomes involved with her amorous mother, Susan (Christine Ebersole). The bits that pass for jokes center on early bird specials, Cialis and the elderly getting it on. "If this condo starts a-rockin', don't come a knockin'," Alan warns his son.