Scott Bakula is so enthusiastic about the return of TNT’s Men Of A Certain Age (Wednesdays at 10/9c, following the new legal dramedy Franklin & Bash), he’s resorted to inventing words to tout Season 2.5’s strengths.
“It’s bigger, faster, funnier… and dramatic-er,” he tells TVLine. “Really, the next six [episodes] are like a bizarre roller coaster.”
For the unitiated: Men Of A Certain Age stars Bakula (Quantum Leap), Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street) as buds Terry, Joe and Owen. Terry’s a perpetual bachelor/middling actor, Joe is a onetime wannabe pro golfer dealing with divorce, and Owen is a married family man who toils for a boss from hell — aka his own father.
To date, the fellas have faced life events both small (dating woes) and significant (when last we tuned in, Terry had undergone a colonoscopy). And as the sophomore run picks up, “Really big things happen to all three of the guys,” says Bakula. “A lot of them are positive, but some of them also kick below the waist. That’s how it is, though — you get lifted up and then you get dropped, and then you get lifted up.”
Prospective new viewers should be advised that Wednesday’s midseason premiere offers a “really good place to join in,” Bakula promises. “When they realized that it was going to be a [summer season] starter, they rewrote in a way that reintroduces the show. We pick up with the colonoscopy, and then it’s full speed ahead!”
TNT’s Men canoodle with their share of impressive women, so viewers can expect to see Melinda McGraw (Mad Men; pictured above), Penelope Ann Miller (Kindergarten Cop) and Sarah Clarke (24) reprising their respective roles as Erin, Sonia and Dory. But the one lady Bakula perhaps most hopes to share scenes on TV with next is Terminator toughie Linda Hamilton, who plays his (shall we say estranged?) wife on NBC’s Chuck.
“Oh my gosh, I’d love to — that’d be a blast!” he says of possibly working with Hamilton, who joined the spy comedy just as Bakula’s Stephen J. Bartowski was (seemingly?) killed off. “Somebody told me that in [last month’s season] finale they intimate that I’m going to be back. But… we don’t know anything!”