FOX is going back to the past in its new comedy “Surviving Jack” — all the way back to the early 1990s.
The coming-of-age story centering on the relationship between a teenage boy (Connor Buckley) and his aloof dad (former “Law & Order: SVU” star Christopher Meloni), the Jack of the title, is set in 1991. (It’s based on a book by series co-creator Justin Halpern, who was in fact a teenager in the ’90s.)
Aside from a Marky Mark song and a few jokes at the expense of a Hypercolor shirt, though, the show focuses more on the core relationship than on the setting. The show’s trailer has a low-key vibe that’s pretty much the opposite of the last show based on something Halpern wrote, “$#*! My Dad Says.” Meloni has a very good deadpan, and Buckley conveys the frustrations of high school pretty well.
“Surviving Jack” also stars “Hart of Dixie’s” Claudia Lee as Buckley’s sister. You’ll see Alex Kapp Horner (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) in the trailer as well, but her role is being recast.
The show is set for a midseason run on FOX in 2013-14. What do you think of the trailer?