With shows from “Game of Thrones” to “Mad Men” to “The Walking Dead,” television is now a proven medium for quality work. Unfortunately, CBS is about to — once again — chuck that notion directly down the crapper with a new sitcom that revolves around working at daily deals site Groupon.
At the moment, the show is titled “Friend Me,” which is a reasonable name for a show — if that show is about Facebook. This show is not about Facebook. It’s about Groupon. Go figure. “Friend Me” stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse (of Superbad and Kick Ass fame), and Nicholas Braun, who appeared in Kevin Smith’s giant flop, Red State.
This is the official description of “Friend Me,” via Entertainment Weekly:
Twentysomething best friends, Evan and Rob, move from their hometown of Bloomington, Ind., to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at Groupon. Evan is having trouble breaking his old slothful habits and rather than go out after work to explore L.A. and meet new people, prefers to play online poker with his buddies back home. Rob has different plans and is determined to drag Evan, kicking and screaming, along with him.
While all of that sounds like fairly standard sitcom fodder, it already shows hints of ineptitude. For instance, Groupon’s headquarters are in Chicago — only about four hours North of the character’s scripted hometown — not Los Angeles. But considering we’re talking about a fictional show revolving around the “exciting” world of coupons, perhaps complaining about such things is just as silly.
While many were quick to make comparison’s to CBS’s first attempt at bringing Internet culture to television in its failed series “Sh*t My Dad Says,” our guess is that the show will try to mimic some of the geeky goodness of another CBS sitcom featuring the lives of young nerds, “The Big Bang Theory.”
Despite its role in “Friend Me,” Groupon is not involved in the show at all, a company spokesperson told Forbes. CBS says the show is set to debut in the 2012-2013 season.