THE SHOW "Seed"
WHEN | WHERE Premieres Monday night at 9:30 on CW/11
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Who are those guys who make sperm bank donations, anyway? Young dudes with McJobs and no real career prospects who just need cash and wouldn't mind making some by -- you know -- doing what they do, anyway?
"Seed" conveys this is indeed our answer. Except that youthful donor Harry (scruffy Adam Korson) is now a 40-year-old manchild, still tending bar and far from the achievements he boasted on his "donor resumé." Like, doctor. And, Princeton. At his apartment door, suddenly, arrive a 10-year-old boy and then a 15-year-old girl who've hacked their way to his name in hopes of discovering somebody cool.
This being (ersatz) Judd Apatow World, Harry is held out to be just that. This vexes the girl's pushy mom and mushy dad and the boy's two moms, the sugar-sweet blonde and her cynical partner. But, gosh golly darnitall, you just know these folks all need each other.
MY SAY Hey, it's not as bad as it could be. Far-fetched, distasteful, forced and frenzied, yes. But once again -- in another Canadian import destined to cool down this heated TV summer -- the actors are likable enough to make the situations bearable.
The cast totals nine regulars. (Yes, Harry's influence extends further, and no, it's not worth elaborating.) They manage to run across and into each other in myriad ways that even the laws of chance can't completely zero out.
BOTTOM LINE Consider "Seed" the cutoffs and flip-flops of the comedy dress code. Acceptable in summer. But just barely.