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Published: Monday, September 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Losers at love yuk it up in 'We Are Men'

  • "We Are Men" stars (from left) Jerry O'Connell, Tony Shalhoub, Chris Smith and Kal Penn.

    CBS / Sonja Flemming

    "We Are Men" stars (from left) Jerry O'Connell, Tony Shalhoub, Chris Smith and Kal Penn.

We all know that men, in matters of love, are likely to be wounded warriors.
So says "We Are Men," CBS's amusing new sitcom about four men making the best of their shared bachelorhood and the camaraderie that results. (It premieres at 8:30 tonight.)
The setting is an apartment complex that caters to singles, including this motley band: Frank, a four-time loser with a Casanova complex (Tony Shalhoub of "Monk"); Stuart, an OB-GYN in the midst of his second divorce who embarrasses everyone with his hot-tub Speedos habit (Jerry O'Connell of "Crossing Jordan"); Gil, a small-business owner who feels constant remorse for his bungled affair (Kal Penn of "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle"); and Carter, who was ditched by his fiance at the altar (Chris Smith of "Enough Said").
The four agree that it's fun to play men with such comic flaws.
"Everyone's real nice and grounded and hardworking and professional," Smith said. "Smart, creative, handsome, in good shape. Healthy eaters, straight teeth, good hair."
"Good hygiene," Shalhoub added. "Excellent hygiene!"
"So no one's a real pain to be around," Smith summed p. "Unless I'm that guy, and they haven't told me yet."
The only issue so far: the Speedos. It seems that Stuart has a high opinion of his body and displays it in the skimpiest of swimwear. This kind of creeps out his pals.
It's a comic signature of the show, which O'Connell makes the most of.
But do his co-stars feel slighted that they weren't asked to wear Speedos, too?
Shalhoub: "Oh, I get to wear a Speedo. They just give me trunks to put over it."
Penn: "I show up for work. and I leave work in a Speedo."
Smith: "I get Jerry's used Speedos."
Then O'Connell says, "Next year, we're going to give out calendars with all of us posing in Speedos. But I'm planning on releasing one with only pictures of me," Penn said. "I'm calling it a Kal-endar."

Watch it
"We Are Men" premieres at 8:30 tonight on CBS.
Story tags » Television

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