Crumbs Monday June 11, 11.25pm

With a stellar cast including Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) as Mitch Crumb, Jane Curtin (3rd Rock from the Sun) as Suzanne Crumb, and William Devane (Knot’s Landing) as Billy Crumb, Crumbs is a hilarious half-hour comedy from the team behind Smallville and One Tree Hill.

Family is enough to drive anyone a little crazy. Children keep secrets from their parents so they won’t upset them, dads leave for other women, and mums try to run over dads with the car. Actually, that was the point when the Crumb family knew that Mum was crazy. Estranged brothers Mitch and Jody Crumb reunite in their small hometown to deal with their mother, Suzanne, who is being discharged from a psychiatric facility and has yet to discover that her ex-husband is about to have a baby with his new girlfriend.
Central to everything is the dynamic between the two brothers: Mitch is the prodigal son, who is returning home after a failed Hollywood career, while Jody is the older brother who has stayed in the confines of their small New England town to run the family business. Together for the first time as adults, this family will have to stick by one another despite their combustible relationships.

Creator Marco Pennette mines his own family for the comic gold in Crumbs: “I’d say that the series is taken from about 90 per cent of my life. We [my family and I] are all incredibly dysfunctional. We laugh together, we fight together, but we love each other. They are always offering suggestions for the show. The pilot is incredibly close to my family, but in future episodes it’s going to become more about the Crumb family and less about the Pennettes.”

Star Fred Savage says it was Pennette’s remarkable script that lured him back in front of the camera after working as a director of shows, including Kitchen Confidential and That’s So Raven.

“I thought the script was just extraordinary and, more importantly, something unique that I hadn’t read in a pilot before. The tone of it, the way it balanced the comedy and drama so seamlessly, the rhythms of it, the way the comedy was presented – it wasn’t the typical gag-a-minute pattern that’s come to define TV sitcom.”

Don’t miss crazy family mayhem in Crumbs, Mondays at 11.25pm on TV2.