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This is because of this year’s other notable trend, comedies fueled by the rage of emasculated men—a sour yang to all that cotton-candy yin. These shows are a little hard to tell apart, so here’s a primer: ABC’s Work It is the awful men-in-drag sitcom that defiles the memory of Bosom Buddies. CBS’s How to Be a Gentleman is the awful magazine sitcom starring Drama from Entourage. ABC’s Man Up has a few okay jokes, then becomes awful. ABC’s Last Man Standing is a vehicle for cranky old Tim Allen to rant about metrosexuals (sample line: “The only time when men should be dancing is when other men are shooting at their feet”). Both of these last two pilots had punch lines about citrus body wash; does someone at ABC have a grudge against kiwifruit? If you want a jolt of uncut man-comedy, you’ll have to wait for September 19—when Ashton Kutcher shows up on Two and a Half Men, a prospect I am perversely excited about—or turn to cable, which is overflowing with superior options: HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, reruns of FX’s game-changer Louie, the raunchy new season of FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (where the girl is as hilariously idiotic as the guys), HBO’s Bored to Death, or my personal guilty pleasure, HBO’s How to Make It in America, in which nothing happens except for fun party scenes, Lake Bell, and ridiculous dialogue like (from a guy marketing sweatshirts), “So, are you ready for some hooded perfection?” I am ready, Jeantourage. I am.


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