Sons of Tucson is one of next year original projects and I wanted it to be good, even more when I heard Tyler Labine (from Reaper) was joining the cast as a lead. It's not that I'm a huge fan of him, but he does have a lot of potential.
The father of the brothers Gundersons, a wealthy big shot banker recently got arrested for fraud leaving his three kids by themselves. One thing is sure, they are not going to foster care and that's why they are going to need help from an adult, one that doesn't have anything better to do than to pretend to be their father. That "adult" is Ron, a low-life salesman/hustler with no future that will later lose his job, home and girlfriend in the same day.
With a promising concept like this one, I was expecting a lot, probably because I believe it would be easy creating good and funny storylines around it. And yet, I was already feeling redundancy in the second part of the pilot. A thirty year old constantly being outsmarted, no matter how dumb he is, by a twelve year old, no matter how smart he is, will get old faster than I thought.
I just don't see Tyler Labine playing a dad just yet and this is just one of the things that doesn't feel right. It's a comedy therefore I don't mind letting go a few extravagances, but Sons of Tucson has too much of them to be compelling enough on the long-term.
Still, it was a rather funny script and I think it will work better on screen as the writing wasn't fantastic and some good camera work could make that script funnier than it is.
All in all, Sons of Tucson is the perfect example that a good concept with a few goofs and amusing one liners doesn't make a great show, well, it does sometimes, Sons of Tucson isn't there just yet.