ABC's new ensemble dramedy series "Big Shots" - the very last Q&A session of Summer TV Press Tour 2007 . Also the very best Q&A session of the tour.
"Big Shots" stars Michael Vartan, Christopher Titus, Joshua Malina and Dylan McDermott as very successful CEO-ish types who are all in varying degrees of lousy relationhip with the women in their lives and who talk at great length among themselves about these lousy relationships. Which explains how "Big Shots" boasts the best line of any new show this coming TV season, uttered by McDermott:
"Men - we're the new women."
And yet, the critics as a whole seem not to love the show. All the more surprising, therefore, that this was the best session of the tour. Most of the credit goes to Titus and Malina, who make a great cross-talk act. Critics did their bit too, with questions like this:
Critic: For the producers, a couple of days ago the producers of "Canterbury's Law" were asked to explain why we get so many scenes in men's rooms and he actually had a really great answer -
Titus: Can we use it?
Critic: Yeah. We can't exactly declare transsexuals a trend because it usually takes three and ou've only got two on ABC, but can you explain why this is considered so funny? Or why do you use it in generally, I mean, really?
Titus: This is the best question ever.
Critic: No, the urinal question was really better.
Titus: They didin't let you into the CBS upfront, did they?
Critic: Christopher, that line "Men: we're the new women," it sounds like you could do 20 minutes as a stand-up comic on that. What would you say if somebody gave you that material to work with?
Titus: ...It's weird because I got this show - I'm in the middle of a divorce right now nad a new relationship. So the show is really kind of like dead-on with what's happening. I lost 20 pounds in my divorce. Because that's what a soul weighs.
Okay, you had to be there. But it went so well - particularly given that it was the 146th session of the tour - that several critics said later they were going to give the show another chance. That could be a press tour first.
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