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How To Be A Gentleman (or not!)

September 27, 2011 | Karin

There is a new show this fall on CBS, How To Be A Gentleman.  The advertising images look quite similar to our image for the NeW Gentlemen’s Showcase last year.  Because of what NeW does to encourage gentlemanly behavior on campus, I was intrigued by this new sitcom.  I watched the exclusive preview.  The show is about a columnist who is forced to change his column on “How To Be A Gentleman.”  Based on the preview, this show seems less about teaching men how to be gentlemen and more about turning the one gentleman in the preview back into an adolescent teen.  The preview includes adolescent humor, strip clubs and lines such as “you should be taking off many of her pants.”

The show sounds better in the website description:

HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN, inspired by the book of the same name, is a comedy about the unlikely friendship between a traditional, refined writer and an unrefined personal trainer. Andrew Carlson (David Hornsby) is an etiquette columnist whose devotion to ideals from a more civilized time has lead to a life detached from modern society. Infectiously optimistic, Bert Lansing (Kevin Dillon) is a reformed “bad boy” from Andrew’s past who inherited a fitness center, but can still be rude, loud and sloppy. When Andrew’s editor, Jerry (Dave Foley), tells him to put a modern, sexy twist on his column or be fired, he hires Bert as a life coach in the hopes of learning to be less “gentle man” and more “real man.” Andrew’s mom, Diane (Nancy Lenehan), and his bossy sister, Janet (Mary Lynn Rajskub), support the plan, as would Janet’s husband, Mike (Rhys Darby), if he was allowed to have an opinion. Though Andrew and Bert’s views may be centuries apart, they may find they’re each other’s missing link. David Hornsby (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Adam Chase (“Friends”), Ted Schachter (“The Invention of Lying”), Joe Hipps and Modi Wiczyk are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.

I hope the show turns around and is actually more encouraging of gentlemanly behavior.  I think it would resonate with a lot of viewers.  The show premiere runs Thursday night.  Will you watch it?

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