It's been six years since James Caan has had a regular role on primetime (in Las Vegas), and he's giving it another shot with ABC's new show, Back in the Game. Costarring Maggie Lawson (Psych), the comedy features equal amounts of family brawls and baseball. I got a peek of the pilot, which is premiering tonight, so read on to find out how the show stacks up.
- What it's about: Broke and recently divorced, Terry (Lawson) is forced to move back in with her father (Caan), an alcoholic ex-baseball player fondly nicknamed "The Cannon." When her young son (Griffin Gluck) doesn't make the local pee wee team, Terry faces her fears of returning to her old college sport and agrees to coach his new team of misfits.
- Where it works: The kids are cute, and Terry's rich new widow friend, Gigi (Lenora Crichlow) is a riot.
- Where it doesn't: From the setup to the dialogue, this show feels so uninspired. Most of the characters are unlikeable, especially the cute but cocky rival coach (Benjamin Koldyke). Caan's not bad, but he could do so much better than this.
- You might like this show if: Your favorite movie is Bad News Bears.
- When it's on: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC
Watch a preview of Back in the Game after the jump.