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    Quarterlife versus Unhitched

    I have to first tell you that today is my adorable cat Sam’s 12th birthday. He’s definitely past his quarterlife. I hate to say anything about his age. But for me quarterlife for him means four years old. Terry and I will definitely have a tuna fish party for him this afternoon. That being said, let me now talk to you about this new series called quarterlife.

    This show premiered Tuesday February 26 at 10 p.m. Obviously I had Herman tape it for me as I cannot stay up that late.

    Although it comes from the producers of Thirty Something, Marshall Hershkovitz and Ed Zwick, which I was a devotee of at the time, this show is about twenty-somethings and I could care less.

    Their angst and foibles seem so adolescent to me. The bottom line is, I was watching it the next morning and I disliked it so much, though I lasted through three-quarters of quarterlife, I had my aide, Katy, who was here with me at the time, just turn it off.

    This is very unlike me, as I like to watch a whole show in order to give it a fair chance. There was not one situation that made me care about it.

    For instance, one couple had declared their love for each other. They then went to their friends and each described his or her love to friends who responded with a variety of non-sensible comments. There was revealed at one point that one of the partners was really in love with someone else. It was at that point that I just shrugged my shoulders in my mind and said, “Who cares?”

    What Thirty Something had many years ago was a script that made you really care about the people. Keep in my mind I was only in my twenties at the time. But I can’t even imagine liking this show if I was still in my twenties.

    So, the bottom line is, I’m giving it the official Spira thumbs down.

    One of my nick-names growing up was Spyrogyra, which is pond scum, and I’m afraid that’s what this show was to me.

    By comparison, another new show, “Unhitched,” which I mentioned briefly last week, is absolutely hilarious with organic and playful humor.

    Created by Mike Bernier and Chris Pappas it stars Craig Bierko, Shaun Majumder and Johnny Sneed. It’s about a 35-year old guy who got married right out of college finds himself suddenly divorced and so not ready for the dating scene. I’ve said from the beginning that the break-out star will be Shaun Majumder and every new episode reinforces that feeling. Like the character of Kramer on Seinfeld, the Majumder character, and East Indian actor called Freddy, is the most unlikely, likable screw-up you can imagine. Like Michael Richards who played Kramer, Majumder can just walk in a room, make a face and make the audience laugh.

    Of the two, Unhitched has my vote. See for yourself. It’s on 9:30 Sunday nights on Fox.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com