TV Land’s newest dramatic-comedy series Younger, is proving to be a hit on the rise. Although the series has only aired two episodes, it has so far brought a hipper feel to the otherwise outdated television programs that are currently shown on the network. With shows like: Hot in Cleveland, The Soul Man, and consecutive reruns of classic shows like Gilligan’s Island, The Brady Bunch and Gunsmoke, Younger will no doubt provide the basic cable network with viewers from a younger demographic.
Liza Miller, played by Tony-Award winning actress Sutton Foster, is a recently divorced mother that forced to start from the bottom of the corporate food chain as she searches for a job in publishing. Once the former editor at big time publishing firm, Random House, Liza has found herself in an unfortunate predicament—she discovers that at 40 years old, she is too old to work in that line of work. Liza realizes that if she wants to be considered for an opportunity in the publishing world than she must pass herself off as a hip 20-something. After she recruits her best friend, Maggie (Debi Mazar), she is made over and is later hired as an assistant to the grouchy and ruthless editor-in-chief, Diana Trout (Miriam Shor). As Liza struggles to assimilate to drastic changes like, smart phones, social media and the overwhelming presence of reality television references, she is befriended by junior editor, Kelsey Peters (Hilary Duff).
Darren Star, the same producer that brought us Sex and the City, has brought some similar scenarios to Younger. While Liza is no Carrie Bradshaw, she is just as confused by the changes that have been made in today’s society. In typical Star fashion, a love interest is presented to Liza in the form of a flirty tattoo artist by the name of Josh (Nico Tortorella). Liza is intrigued Josh’s charisma and smooth one-liners, but must remain focused on succeeding at her new job. So far, there have only been two episodes, so viewers will have to stay tuned to see if sparks fly between the two.
The premiere of Younger has not only brought life back to TV Land, but also to the career of former child star, Hilary Duff. As Kelsey, Duff portrays a more mature character than her popular television role as Lizzie McGuire on the Disney Channel. With lines like, “Thad masturbated next to me all night, but I did not let him break my concentration,” it’s safe to say her Disney days are over. But no so fast, before we classify Kelsey in the Samantha Jones category, Kelsey provides the show with strong morals on not conforming to the overly sexualized society that we can relate to today.
The series premiered March 31. You can catch all new episodes of Younger on TV Land Tuesdays at 10 p.m.