Move Over, Reba: Michael Strahan's New Sitcom Also Set In Houston

Fox Network just announced its fall schedule, and in just under the wire is Brothers, a low-key comedy set in Houston starring former Westbury and TSU star and future NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan. The Hollywood Reporter claims Brothers received strong feedback during the pilot's test-viewings last week, and that Fox has signed for 13 episodes.

Reading the show's program line, it's kind of hard to see why. Gap-toothed behemoth Strahan essentially plays himself -- a recently retired, Houston-bred, New York-based football star named Mike Trainor "who learns that even though you can always go home again, the trip back might be tougher than you think." Mike is summoned back to Houston by his tough, sassy mother (played by CCH Pounder of The Shield), and there he becomes reacquainted with his wheelchair-bound restaurateur brother (Daryl "Chill" Mitchell, of Ed fame.)

"The dynamics between Mike and Chill are the same as when they were kids, and their sibling rivalry hasn't lessened with age," Fox assures us. "If they can stop their bickering, put aside their differences and learn to be teammates, the brothers might just turn out to be each other's biggest asset."

Kinda like Everyone Loves Raymond...especially when we read that the father of these brothers is a hard-ass football coach and the "conservative, opinionated alpha male of his clan. Coach thinks he runs the show, but really it's Mom who calls the shots." Wow, what a groundbreaking approach to sitcom gender roles.

Through many trials and travails, Mike learns his family -- messed up as they may be -- is the only one he's got, and so on and so forth through what looks like every sitcom cliché in the book. Perhaps the show's genius will lie in its manner rather than its form, and Strahan will join the ranks of gridiron greats-turned-TV-stars like Alex Karras (the dad on Webster) and Fred Dryer of Hunter infamy, but we're not holding our breath. 

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