When Showrunners Talk, Writers Should Listen

The showrunners talking today are Jimmy Fallon and Charlie Grandy, about NBC’s upcoming GUYS WITH KIDS. We think it sounds duller than the last show about guys with kids, so we looked forward to reading an opposing view:

Watch My Show: Guys With Kids‘ Jimmy Fallon and Charlie Grandy Answer Our Showrunner Survey – by Michael Schneider

For his leap into primetime as an executive producer, late night host Jimmy Fallon partnered up with his former Saturday Night Live colleagueCharlie Grandy (as well as Amy Ozols) to create the new NBC sitcom Guys With Kids. It’s a topic that Grandy (whose credits also include The Office and The Daily Show), the father of three little ones, knows well. The show stars Anthony AndersonZach Cregger and Jesse Bradford as thirtysomething guys adjusting to fatherhood. Fallon and Grandy explain why these Guys are dolls.

TV Guide Magazine: I’ve got room in my life for one more show. Why should it be yours?

Jimmy Fallon: It makes you feel good when you watch it. It’s that simple. It’s everything I loved about TV when I was growing up — warm, fun, positive. It’s a very traditional family comedy.

TV Guide Magazine: Who should be watching?

Fallon: Families, young people, old people, tall people, short people. This is a show for everyone. People can watch it with their kids.

TV Guide Magazine: What happens if we don’t watch your show?

Fallon: We have a lot of babies in our cast, and they’re all going to start crying.

TV Guide Magazine: Give us an equation for your show.

Fallon: Guys With Kids Friends plus Three Men and a Baby. Plus a bunch of other babies. Plus Justin Bieber! Minus Justin Bieber.

Charlie Grandy: Guys With Kids Friends plus Everybody Loves Raymond minus the parents plus 14 babies.

TV Guide Magazine: Finish this sentence: “If you like ____, you’ll love our show.”

Fallon: Good-looking dudes holding cute babies.

Grandy: Guys, or guys with kids.

TV Guide Magazine: What’s the best thing anyone has said about your show?

Fallon: On the night we taped our pilot, one of the guys on our crew came up to me and said, “I’ve worked on a lot of shows. This one is special. There’s such a positive vibe here.”

TV Guide Magazine: What’s the worst thing?

Grandy: The father of one of my son’s friends told me he doesn’t know who is going to want to watch “that thing.”

TV Guide Magazine: Give me an alternate title for your show.

Fallon: We pitched the show as DILFs, which stands for “Dads I’d Like to…” you know. The network didn’t go for the title. Which is probably for the best.

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Uh-oh, sounds just as dull when Fallon and Grandy talk about it. Except for the DILFs thing. That was mildly amusing. In the words of Led Zeppelin, “Does anybody remember laughter?”