Here is the premise: We have a group of twenty-somethings who are linked because they were in the same third-grade class together. Twenty years later one of the class members Ethan Haas (Jason Ritter) falls in love and gets engaged with another classmate. He invites several more classmates to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the day they all met. The classmates range from cynical to suicidal. Things go wrong when Ethan’s fiancé dumps him at the party.
The Pilot for The Class has some good elements. Talented actors (Jason Ritter, Lizzy Caplan, Heather Goldenhersh, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jon Bernthal, Sean Maguire, Lucy Punch and Andrea Anders) a good creative team David Crane (Friends) & Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You) and was directed by James Burrows.
So, why do I have doubts that this show will last past Christmas?
First, the show is about a bunch of twenty-somethings, and the only people who care about twenty-somethings are other twenty-somethings. Those 20-somethings who do watch TV watch MTV or the new CW. By the way, CBS, MTV and the new CW are owned by Viacom.
Second, when you promote the show by saying, "From the producers of Friends and Mad About You," people expect to see Friends and Mad About You. When you say that the show stars the son of the late John Ritter, people will expect to see Jack Tripper Jr. pratfalling left and right. Jason Ritter has his Dad's looks, like his Dad gives a hundred and ten percent to his performance, and is a good anchor for the rest of cast. But the similarities end there. Please, let him be his own man. I don’t think that it was a coincidence that TV Land (also owned by Viacom) had a Three’s Company marathon the weekend before the pilot aired.