The autumn TV season, which kicks off in 10 days, gives the same old assortment of medical dramas (“New Amsterdam”), true crime tales (“FBI”), cop exhibits (“The Rookie”) and reboots (“Magnum PI,” “Murphy Brown”). It’s enterprise as regular.
And the one present that appears possible to rise barely above the pack is ABC’s “A Million Little Issues,” premiering Sept. 26. Name it “The Large Chill” for the anxious new century.
That 1983 blockbuster gave us the reunion of seven school pals following one other pal’s suicide. “A Million Little Issues” makes use of a suicide of a seemingly profitable, comfortable man, Jon Dixon (Ron Livingston), to look at the advanced lives and motivations of his survivors, which embody his spouse and three finest pals and his duplicitous assistant. The number of characters supplies the writers with many well timed avenues to journey as they probe the rationale why somebody like Jon would leap to his dying from his Boston workplace balcony. Additionally they give viewers somebody to root for.
The most certainly candidate will probably be Eddie (David Giuntoli), the final man Jon tried to telephone. He’s so good-looking and delicate he offers guitar classes to kids within the neighborhood. In-between chord modifications he finds time to climb into mattress with Jon’s spouse Delilah (Stephanie Szostak). Like many adulterers, Delilah and Eddie suppose they’ve been very discreet, however she is torn-up with guilt. What if Jon’s final name to Eddie was to confront him in regards to the affair?
Eddie’s polar reverse is Gary (James Roday), a brash most cancers survivor who brushes apart the platitudes (“Every thing occurs for a cause”) his guitar-strumming pal trots out to camouflage his personal sneaky habits. Whereas Eddie imagines Jon’s suicide will change the way in which all of them reside, Gary is aware of higher, as a result of he’s the one dwelling from one check-up to one other. He additionally supplies the present’s much-needed lighter moments. When Jon’s daughter, Sophie (Lizzy Greene), goes up to the altar to play a music for her father at his funeral, Gary whispers to his date — sure, he brings a date — “If she performs one thing by Bruno Mars, I’ll burn this place down.”
Viewers could discover circumspect Ashley Morales (Christina Ochoa) essentially the most intriguing character of all. She is the final particular person to see Jon alive. She’s additionally the one who finds a blue envelope that he leaves behind and decides to preserve its contents to herself. We are going to see who she’s defending, or hurting, because the story unfolds.
Lastly, there’s Jon Dixon.
Livingston, finest often called the notorious Jack Berger from “Intercourse and the Metropolis,” the cad who broke up with Carrie Bradshaw by Publish-It, radiates a persuasive Clooney-esque appeal that makes you imagine he can befriend anybody he chooses to, make individuals do issues they don’t need to do or shut a main actual property deal to assist a pal’s desires come true —mere days earlier than he ends his life.
So what made him do it? “A Million Little Issues” will make preserve you guessing.