"Glory Daze," the new Tuesday night comedy on TBS, proves that not everything on cable is good.
This insult to "Animal House" — and TV comedies — is about as much fun as a 6 a.m. weekday "Theory of Acting" class taught by Rob Schneider.
The series, set way back in 1986, follows four freshmen who rush the outcast Omega Sigma fraternity.
Pledges include Joel (Kelly Blatz), a pre-med major with the personality of a wart; Eli (Matt Bush), a freshman so annoying there should be a state law requiring that he stay a virgin; the boorish Jason (Drew Seeley); and the unathletic jock Brian (Hartley Sawyer).
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This nostalgic look at college life might have worked if the cast hadn't been so unlikable. Blatz is supposed to be the everyday guy that provides the focus for the show, but his efforts to act naive are lifeless. If we can't buy into him, then the rest of this flop just lies there like TV roadkill.
Blatz isn't the only problem. "Glory Daze" is a perfect storm of miserable acting, writing and production values.
The efforts to flash back in time are so bad that except for a couple of references and a few posters on the dorm wall, the series could have been set in 2010.
You won't feel any nostalgia.
Series based on college life are tough.
Judd Apatow, the man behind "The 40 Year Old Virgin," tried to make such a series in 2001 but his "Undeclared" didn't last a full season. And it was good.
At least Apatow tried. It's like everyone involved with "Glory Daze" signed up for pass-fail and they expect the latter.
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oThe TBS series premieres at 9 p.m. today on cable Channel 29.