The three heroes of TNT's Peabody Award-winning "Men of a Certain Age" (which returns for the second half of its second season tomorrow night at 10) have taken to defining themselves more by what they aren't (young, energetic and optimistic, to name just three things) than by what they are. And it seems much easier to describe the show that way, too.
It's not quite a drama, not quite a sitcom. There's no obvious TV "franchise" (cops, doctors, lawyers, etc.) to hang stories on every week, nor are there sweeping story arcs or big action.
It's a small show about small moments in the lives of three men who feel their possibilities getting smaller every day. In today's TV marketplace - where executives tend to demand some combination of big, loud and familiar - it feels like something of a miracle that "Men" is still around, heading into the home stretch of its strong second season. (No word yet on a third.) HBO can get away with doing a show like "Treme" that relentlessly, unapologetically focuses on the tiny moments in its characters' lives, but TNT is the home of "The Closer" and "Rizzoli & Isles."
But however it got, and then stayed, on the air, "Men of a Certain Age" remains a tremendous pleasure. It's one of the best... whatever it is you want to call it. (Tonight's episode features a character who's fond of inventing "Italian" words; maybe we can put him on the case.) Read More...