The Men Behind Men at Work Want You to Tune InTBS has been rerunning episodes of Sex and the City for years, and now with their new buddy sitcom Men at Work, they may finally have a male counterpart! Executive produced by Turner‚Äôs own Breckin Meyer, Men at Work stars Danny Masterson, James Lesure, Michael Cassidy, and Adam Busch as four friends who work together at a magazine‚ÄĒand mess with each other about their failed personal lives. Are you a Milo, Gibbs, Tyler, or Neal? By Danielle Turchiano
‚ÄúMilo is Captain Sensitive,‚ÄĚ Masterson shared. ‚ÄúHe gets his heart broken in the opening scene [of the pilot], and the guys spend a little time trying to get him back on his feet‚Ä¶. He‚Äôs not the whipping boy, but it‚Äôs sort of a running joke of guys asking how he‚Äôs doing or what‚Äôs going on or how he feels, and every time he tries to get out how he feels, they ignore him. He‚Äôs had this girl for years and years and expected to marry her, but he breaks up with her and literally an hour later, they‚Äôre all ‚ÄėThank God; let‚Äôs get you back out there!‚Äô‚ÄĚ
Masterson is humble enough to claim he‚Äôs ‚Äúnot particularly funny,‚ÄĚ though he has made quite a nice living working on sitcoms. But though he may play the quiet straight man at times in Men at Work, that personality is comfortably balanced by the loudmouthed dudes around him.
While Masterson considered his role the opposite of him, Adam Busch admitted that at least 25 percent of him is 100 percent of his character Neal. Explaining, he said: ‚ÄúI think we both can overthink things sometimes; I think we both can lose perspective when it comes to ourselves‚Ä¶ and what I like best about Neal is that he‚Äôs friends with these guys. The biggest compliment you can give each one of these guys is to look at who they‚Äôre friends with.‚ÄĚ
Michael Cassidy, who plays the ‚Äúsays it like it is‚ÄĚ Tyler, agreed with Busch‚Äôs sentiment, noting that the friendship dynamic adds multiple layers to the guys‚ÄĒand the show.
‚ÄúA lot of our jokes are tete-a-tete,‚ÄĚ he smiled. ‚ÄúMe and James have this vibe where we‚Äôre either one-upping each other or I‚Äôm sort of busting him for misbehaving.”
James Lesure plays the charming ladies’ man Gibbs, the main influence for Milo attempting to date new girls‚ÄĒthough his good intentions to help his friend will prove futile until his friend is really ready to move on.
‚ÄúI see Gibbs as more of a free spirit. He‚Äôs single, obviously, but he‚Äôs kind of ‚Äėin the moment.‚Äô It‚Äôs different than being driven by ‚ÄėOh, I have to score tonight!‚Äô When he‚Äôs working, he‚Äôs working; and when he‚Äôs with his boys, he‚Äôs with his boys; and when he connects with a young lady, he‚Äôs open to enjoying that as well,‚ÄĚ Lesure thoughtfully analyzed his new role.
Since Men at Work is a traditional half-hour sitcom, the story line is driven heavily by what the guys are going through in any given episode. It is the way they relate to each other, though, that offers insight into their characters and allows the audience, in turn, to relate to them.
‚ÄúThis show doesn‚Äôt waste a lot of time setting up why they‚Äôre friends. It just hits the ground running,‚ÄĚ Busch previewed. ‚ÄúThese four guys all make one kind of perfect person, but individually they all have their super-big issues.‚ÄĚ
Men at Work premieres May 24,¬†2012, only on TBS.