FOUR MEN IN A CAR JUST TRY TO GET THROUGH THEIR DAY
-- AND THE REST OF THEIR LIVES -- ON THE PREMIERE OF ABC'S
NEW COMEDY, "CARPOOLERS," TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Life in the fast lane � the carpool lane, that is -- proves a hilarious occasion for male bonding for four guys from very different backgrounds in ABC's new Fall comedy series, "Carpoolers." These four use their commuter confessional as a way to commiserate about their jobs, their families, their hopes and their secrets, because in the carpool lane, no one can hear you scream. "Carpoolers," premieres TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network
Meet Laird (Jerry O'Connell, "Crossing Jordan"), a dentist and recent divorc� turned womanizer who was left with nothing intact but his libido. Laird's best friend, Gracen (Fred Goss, ABC's "Sons and Daughters"), is a mediator, a voice of reason, and the unofficial leader of the pack. Then there's self-sacrificing Aubrey (Jerry Minor, "Saturday Night Live"), with a brood of kids and a stay-at-home couch-potato wife, and newlywed Dougie (Tim Peper), the carpool neophyte who's willing to risk his life to save a coveted parking space for the team.
In the premiere episode, "Pilot," Gracen wonders aloud how his lovely "house flipper" wife, Leila (Faith Ford, ABC's "Hope and Faith," "Murphy Brown"), can afford to buy a $200 designer toaster and how his deadbeat son, Marmaduke (comedian T.J. Miller), who struts around the house in nothing but his jockeys and a smile, suddenly lands an internet job making more than his dad. By the end of the day, the guys have their mission: to steal back the respect Gracen deserves by any means necessary.
"Carpoolers" stars Fred Goss as Gracen Brooker, Faith Ford as Leila Brooker, Jerry Minor as Aubrey, Tim Peper as Dougie, Allison Munn as Cindy, T.J. Miller as Marmaduke Brooker and Jerry O'Connell as Laird.
Guest starring are Troy Evans as Mr. Heggie, Taylor Parks as Aubrey's daughter, Drew Matthews as Aubrey's son, Stephanie Reibel as woman, Scott Thompson as rich carpooler #1, Eddie Goins as rich carpooler #2, Irene White as Sue, Stephen T. Brophy as Ted and Andrew Cherry as Rikki.
"Pilot" was written by Bruce McCulloch and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.
Bruce McCulloch ("The Kids in The Hall") created the series and serves as executive producer and writer. Marsh McCall ("Just Shoot Me"), Anthony and Joe Russo ("Arrested Development," "You, Me and Dupree"), Justin Falvey ("Las Vegas"), Darryl Frank ("Las Vegas") and David Miner ("30 Rock") also serve as executive producers. "Carpoolers" is a production of ABC Studios. It is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1-channel surround sound and Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.
This episode will be available on abc.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online.