Oh Grow Up Review
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Entertainment Weekly September 10, 1999
Fall TV Preview
CONCEPT Two roommating pals (including Stephen Dunham, pictured) take in a third who's just left his marriage because he realized he's gay. Group mascot: a dog named Mom whose barks are interpreted with subtitles (e.g., at the sight of a human couple coupling, Dog: "Woof!" Subtitle: "Get a room!"). THE SCOOP Creator Alan Ball claims this premise is autobiographical, right down to the dog named Mom (but without the subtitles). "This always seemed funny when I was living it," he says. "A lot of shows about men get on the air [with] the subtext 'Aren't men a--holes?' And that's not what the subtext of our show is at all. It's 'Aren't men funny and sweet and a little lost?'" BOTTOM LINE Suggested alternate title: Oh Shut Up.