Call Me Fitz, Sundays, 8 p.m. ET, HBO Canada

Debuts: Sept. 19

Who’s in it: Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills, 90210) as Richard (Fitz) Fitzpatrick; Ernie Grunwald (King of the Hill) as Larry; Peter MacNeill (Rookie Blue) as Ken Fitzpatrick; Kathleen Munroe as Ali; and Tracy Dawson (Zoe Busiek: Wild Card) as Meghan Fitzpatrick.

What’s it about: Priestley is Richard (Fitz) Fitzpatrick, a used car dealer who will do anything to sell a car, and pushes the boundaries of good taste and acceptable behaviour to get the sale. After botching a test drive and putting his latest customer in a coma, he finds himself face‐to‐face with a new salesman on the lot — Larry, a do‐gooder with a heart of gold. Let the competition begin.

Reminds us of: The Odd Couple and Living in Your Car.

Industry buzz: Even though Call Me Fitz has yet to debut in Canada, it has already been picked up for a second season.

 

 

From the Critics’ Mouths:

 

Amber: Dark comedies are usually a safe cable bet, and Priestley has the chops and look to pull off that sleazy used car salesman role — especially one that comes with its own bobblehead. He also pairs well with Grunwald, which will inevitably translate well in the series.

 

Denette: This comedy about a used car salesman hasn’t even begun but a second season has already been ordered. Talk about confidence.

 

Diana: Before Fitz’s first season bowed, HBO opted to pick up this homegrown comedy for a second round. I’d be willing to bet on its success given both the network’s blind faith and its intriguing cable concept.

 

Greg: Priestley clearly relishes this role as a foul-mouthed, drug-popping, drink-swallowing, sex-loving deviant who has few good qualities. The snappy, obscenity-filled dialogue was laugh-out-loud funny without being over the top. I call this one a hit.


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