Thanks to a nine-year stint on Saturday Night Live, we already know that Bobby Moynihan can do comedy like it’s nobody’s business. Who else nails Snooki impressions, reminds us of our own Drunk Uncles and proved, unequivocally, just how ridiculous governor Chris Christie can be? (That last one is a rhetorical question, guys.)
Here’s the thing though: Moynihan completely knows how to pull at your heartstrings too, and he proves it in the new family friendly comedy Me, Myself and I (premiering Sept. 25 at 9:30 p.m. on CTV).
The series revolves around one man — inventor Alex Riley — over the span of 50 years. We meet him when he’s 14 years old (played by Jack Dylan Grazer) and forced to move to a new town when his mother remarries. We also get to know him in his 40s (Moynihan’s role), as he’s struggling with a divorce and trying to add meaning back into life for himself and his daughter. And then we also catch up with Alex when he’s 65 years old (John Laroquette takes on that part), and reconnects with his childhood… and someone specifically from his past.
Funny, nostalgic and feel-good are certainly words we’d use to describe the show, but if he had to compare it to anything, Moynihan says that Me, Myself and I is kind of like an updated The Wonder Years. You know, the classic, starring Fred Savage as young Kevin Arnold, navigating the complexities of growing up in a family who loved him, but clearly had their own lives to live.
“This show is in the vein of The Wonder Years, where it’s a family comedy that’s definitely funny and we have an amazingly hilarious cast, but there are some great actors and there will be some heavy stuff,” Moynihan tells us. “It’s about life. Sometimes you’re having a good time and sometimes things get rough.”
We get the comparison. From the moment the narrator, Alex himself, begins to speak, it hits that Wonder Years sweet spot just right. Soon enough we’re laughing, as a young Alex sees the “hot girl,” Nori (Reylynn Caster) walk down the street in slow motion; total shades of Kevin seeing Winnie as an actual girl! (You didn’t see it through the braids and glasses Kevin?)
The next minute, we’re dabbing our eyes with a tissue as Alex has a heart-to-heart with his new stepdad (guys, remember when Kevin’s dad actually opened up with more than a grunt?!). We were a little worried that Alex’s new step-brother Justin was going to be another Wayne, but crisis seemingly averted on that front. And thank goodness for that. We couldn’t handle another Wayne.
Even Alex’s relationship with his bestie, Darryl (Jaleel White) makes us wonder what Kevin and Paul’s relationship might have been like in their 40s. Which brings us to the question: is 40-year-old Alex the Kevin Arnold in this situation, or does that role go to the younger version of Alex?
“Both,”Moynihan says. Fred Savage was such an amazing actor as a kid, he was almost like an adult and that’s why it resonated so much with adults as well as kids. The tone of this is almost like Kevin Arnold as an older guy dealing with it all, but Jack, who is playing the younger version of Alex, is so good and so full of life and so passionate already that it fits perfectly with that character too.”
No matter what the age, we can see Alex carrying the torch lit by Kevin so long ago. And we can’t wait to see if he finally ends up with
Winnie Nori. We have the feeling things are going to work out this time.