ANIMATED COMEDY "Allen Gregory"
WHEN | WHERE Premieres Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on Fox/5
The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" would be the upscale tale of a 7-year-old sophisticate wearing "undergarments filled with my own unruly waste."
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Allen Gregory (voice of series co-creator Jonah Hill, "Get Him to the Greek") is a pint-size prodigy and would-be Tony nominee who sips pinot grigio for lunch at elementary school. That's where he's been relegated by his rich gay dad (French Stewart) when his other maybe-not-so-gay trophy dad (Nat Faxon) is forced to seek work. "Everyone's gonna kiss his pretentious little ----," fears the kid's sardonic adopted Cambodian sister, Julie (Joy Osmanski). So she's thrilled when Allen Gregory proves less popular than she.
A kid depicted in his own Warhol painting is bound to exhibit a center-of-the-universe sense of take-charge-ness. Yet he's still a kid, sweetly vulnerable at heart, and desperately in love with his obese elderly principal (Renee Taylor).
Charlie Rose and "the sisters Deschanel."
But what's the point, really? Who's the audience for this? Where are the laughs?
BOTTOM LINE So pleased with itself, it doesn't seem concerned about pleasing us.