Though the kind folks at ABC Family and OK! Magazine plied bloggers, media members, and TV enthusiasts with champagne and mini-me cupcakes, the relaxed reception, held in Beverly Hills’ RealD Theatre, wasn’t the star of the show. The Kevin From Work pilot was screened at the gathering, and as first impressions go, the show did not disappoint.
Created by Barbie Adler (How I Met Your Mother), Kevin From Work features Noah Reid as the titular character, a hard working employee who finally gets his dream job overseas. Though this should change Kevin’s life for the better, his loyal best friend (a scene stealing Matt Murray) is having slight separation anxiety. Meanwhile, Kevin’s wild child younger sister (Jordan Hinson) has also moved into town, and her impulsive behavior (ah – the joys of youth!) can’t be curbed with Kevin jetting off to a new life.
Last but not least, leaving his job means giving up on co-worker Audrey (Paige Spara), a woman he’s been infatuated for the past several years. With a meathead of a boyfriend (Matthew Florida) weighing her down, Audrey’s romantic prospects with Kevin are dim, but now that he’s leaving, we may never know. Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy), who’s a natural ham, also stars as Kevin’s way too inappropriate boss.
Some of the best jokes from Kevin From Work’s pilot came at the hands of its supporting players (most notably Punam Patel as Audrey’s refreshingly uninhibited roommate), and even though workplace comedies have been done to death on television, Kevin From Work feels fresh and excitingly new. The cupcakes, bubbly, an amiable post-screening Q&A with the show’s cast and the gift bloggers received at the ending were all wonderful parts of the evening, but those were the side dishes. The main course thankfully delivered the goods.
Since the pilot comedically knocked it out of the park (plus the chemistry between leads Reid and Spara is palpable), I’ll be tuning in to see if Kevin From Work continues its creative momentum. The series premieres August 12 with back-to-back episodes on ABC Family and even though I won’t be in the middle of a fancy reception meeting new colleagues (shout out to theater critic/writer Tracey Paleo of GiaOnTheMove), I’ll still be watching Kevin From Work.
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