5 Reasons You Should Watch 'Ground Floor'
Bill Lawrence's latest, "Ground Floor" on TBS, is a sitcom about a young, hotshot money manager who falls in love with a maintenance worker in his office building. The clash between the easy-going downstairs people and the uptight top-floor people give it a kind of "Downton Abbey" meets "30 Rock" vibe. Here's why you should give it a try.
Thanks to the "creative attitude" of TBS, Lawrence didn't have to jump through the same hoops that he has with other networks when casting the show. So when he asked for Skylar Astin, who made young girls swoon in "Pitch Perfect," he was in. When he asked for John C. McGinley, who — as the irascible Dr. Cox — was at least as important to the success of "Scrubs" as its star Zach Braff, he was in. When he wanted Briga Heelan based on her work in "Cougar Town," she was in, and when he wanted alt standup comedian Rory Scovel, who had never done a network television show before this, TBS barely batted an eye.
That faith in Lawrence's choices allows the show to take chances it might not otherwise — for example, the producers jettison the standard "will they or won't they" dynamic almost immediately and start delving into relationship territory that some shows wait seasons for. Also much of the chemistry between Astin (Brody Moyer) and Heelan (Jenny Miller) comes from his uptight character's vulnerability and her freewheeling character's casual romantic approach, neatly flipping some sitcom boy-girl conventions on their head.
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