Not-so-great title aside (hey, it worked for Cougar Town), we’re pret-ty darn fond of Fox’s Traffic Light, and are here to give you a few good reasons to tune in to the sitcom’s premiere Tuesday at 9:30/8:30c.
Ready for one? Well, he goes by the name David Denman.
You know, Warehouse Roy from The Office? Denman is finally taking his funnyman status to leading man heights and bringing lots of laughs as Traffic‘s resident “red light,” or one half of a happily married couple with a little bundle of joy. Liza Lapira (Dollhouse) plays Mike’s wife, Lisa.
Rounding out the romantic comedy’s traffic signal analogy of a cast are Nelson Franklin and Aya Cash as the Adam and Callie, a cautiously optimistic “yellow light” couple who just moved in together, and Brit Kris Marshall as Ethan, the “green light” (or very single ladies man). While the metaphor-heavy set-up of the show may not have you sold just yet, Traffic Light puts these likable characters in relatable situations, and as a result, some pretty funny stuff happens.
“We’re taking real life things that everyone goes through and trying to find the comedic moments in those,” Denman tells TVLine. “It definitely shows relationships from a guy’s perspective, because we spend a lot of time dealing with the friendships of [Mike, Adam and Ethan], but it’s also an insight for women into how guys sometimes think. We desperately tried to make Traffic Light as real as possible.”
Although the show doesn’t need any help in the funny department, Traffic Light also has its own plethora of hilarious guest stars that serve to enhance its debut season.
“Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, The Office) recurs as Adam’s boss,” Denman spills. “We also have TJ Miller (Happy Endings), a very funny standup [comedian] and actor who plays a neighbor that is making too much noise with his band. But lo and behold, they start hanging out and playing music together. Kathryn Hahn (Crossing Jordan) does a couple episodes as Callie’s sister, who Ethan gets involved with…. Adam Goldberg (The Unusuals) does an episode as one of Lisa’s coworkers… and Larry Wilmore from The Office and The Daily Show recurs as Mike’s boss.”
Do you plan to check out Fox’s Traffic Light Tuesday 8 at 9:30/8:30c?