“The Loop” On Fox


Have you heard about the new Fox sitcom “The Loop?” Apparently it’s on Thursdays at 7:30 Central. Anyone seen an episode? I haven’t watched a typical sitcom in years, but I’m almost curious enough to watch an episode to see how they portray Chicago and its denizens. Almost.

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A description from the show’s website…

“As we reach our early 20s and face the daunting challenges of real life, there are those who choose to embark on a career path and those who’d rather goof off with pals. And then, every so often, there’s someone who sets out to do both. Set in Chicago, THE LOOP is the story of SAM (Bret Harrison), the youngest executive at the corporate headquarters of a major airline, and the first of his friends to get a real job. He must find a way to straddle his serious career and the serious social demands of his three roommates.

One roommate, SULLY (Eric Christian Olsen), is Sam’s older and rowdier brother, whose casual attempts to hold down a series of odd jobs are eclipsed by his attempts to land women. Roommate PIPER (Amanda Loncar) is a medical student, Sam’s college pal and – unbeknownst to her – his longtime crush. And roommate LIZZY (Sarah Mason), who tends bar at their local hangout, is oblivious to the fact that everything always goes her way because she’s so smoking hot.

As Sam strives to meet the relentless demands of his boss RUSS (Philip Baker Hall), dodge the nonstop advances of his colleague MERYL (Mimi Rogers), manage his overqualified and somewhat bitter secretary DARCY (Joy Osmanski), and turn his best-friendship with Piper into romance, he is, by turns, ambitious, exhausted and inspired. Moreover, he is a hero for everyone who has ever tried to work hard and play hard at the same time.”

7 Comments so far

  1. Dave! (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2006 @ 4:31 pm

    Hmmm… yeah… Sounds… well, stupid. :)

  2. nikkos (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

    The question is, who is willing to take one for the team and spend a half hour watchig this show that they will never get back? Anyone? Anyone?

  3. Deon (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2006 @ 11:02 pm

    Okay, i’ll admit it, I watched it. And let me tell you, I DO NOT WATCH (new) SITCOMS!!! I didn’t watch Seinfeld until it was in syndication and I have never seen a full episode of Friends. Being new to Chicago I was really excited about this show and the concept. I mean, every city has a crappy freeway that circles it, which everyone calls the “loop,” but Chicago has an elevated train that “Loops” around downtown and designates an area of “Life” called the “loop”! I thought this show would be a celebration of that life in Chicago. There’s no guy that drinks beer, cooks brats, loves the Cubs, and calls sodas “pops” while he tries to find his “gym shoes”. I thought they would go to “Chicago” bars and parts of towns, even if they were just sets in Hollywood. It’s not like that. It sucks on ice! It’s a bunch of crap with acting and plot lines- and not even good ones. In the first episode the main character needs to get to work in the morning, but his car has been borrowed by his friend, so he borrows his little sister’s girl-bike to ride INTO the loop.?. What no taxis??? They never even mention or call attention to the “El”!?! Do yourself a favor and don’t bother watching this one… Oh, and go check out my website!!!

  4. Hainner (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2006 @ 1:44 pm

    I watched it last week- it’s actually not bad, I liked it.

  5. steven (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2006 @ 2:41 pm

    Filmed in LA, of course. They should force these shows to film in the city they’re set in. There was a show on CBS, set and filmed in Chicago, where the guy had a morning paper that told him of the next day’s events…can’t think of what it was called…but it was fun watching once in a while just to see the city on tv.

  6. Annie (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2006 @ 3:30 pm

    Early Edition Steven, Early Edition. Great show!

  7. Kandy (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 9:45 am

    I watched it a couple of weeks ago, and except for the random snapshots of the loop, there was no other indication that this was shot in Chicago. The show does not have any sense of the city. The characters are empty, and I’m not sure who in Chicago they are supposed to be based on. I sat and yelled at the tv the whole time!

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