Elisha Cuthbert is awfully charming in One Big Happy, a romp of a traditional sitcom with a few modern twists. It's traditional for being a four camera set-up filmed in front of a live audience. A little less traditional are the characters--it's sort of a Three's Company meets Modern Family. (Cuthbert's character Lizzy gets inseminated and plans to raise a child with Luke, her nextdoor neighbor growing up, but then--wouldn't you know it--Luke falls for a hot woman named Prudence.)
Cuthbert is a TV veteran, shooting to fame as Jack Bauer's daughter in 24 --and posing for lots of magazines in her underwear--before moving onto comedy. One Big Happy is her second sitcom this decade (Happy Endings, her first, didn't have one). Cuthbert had only one reservation about the role--and it wasn't playing gay. (She's an actress, after all.) She told the producers, including Ellen DeGeneres, that she was concerned about the format. "I knew I could do the part, but could I do it in front of 200 people? That's a different ball game," the actress told reporters in Canada. Cuthbert is obviously a quick study. One Big Happy, which is getting mixed reviews, is on NBC Tuesdays at 9:30pm.
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