'Modern Dads' on A&E jumps on the reality sitcom bandwagon

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:28 AM Written by 

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And so it's come to this, a reality version of the flop NBC sitcom "Guys with Kids" crossed with ABC's "Modern Family" title, minus any gay dads.

That's pretty much all you need to know about A&E's "Modern Dads" (10:30 tonight).

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"Modern Dads" basically takes the same formula as "Duck Dynasty" -- make a sitcom using untrained actors and dress it up to look like a reality show -- albeit with less entertaining characters.

The cast includes first-time dad Nate, 37; single dad Stone, 41; stay-at-home stepdad Sean, 38; and vetera father Rick, 42.

"Occasionally you get a baby who slips into the dishwasher and pulls a knife on you," says Rick in a been-there, done-that voiceover.

Everything on the show feels outlined, if not scripted. Nate doesn't want to stop his car, for fear of waking a sleeping baby, while picking up Sean. The guys plan a party while meeting at a playground. Stone takes his daughter with him to see a doctor about getting a vasectomy.

"I'm gonna sleep on it," Stone says, beginning the wind-up to a line of dialogue that sounds like it was fed to him by the show's writer/producers. "Taking a casual attitude toward my genitals is how I ended up here in the first place."

Ugh. Wake me when this programming trend of over-produced reality sitcoms is over.

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