Two thirty-something men who had once held out hopes of becoming pop stars have, through the agency of their influential and strong-willed landlady, come to relinquish these hopes and indeed all thought of aesthetics, in favor of the trade and occupation of housekeeping, which has become the sole focus of their undisciplined but inventive attentions. Because they remain at a loss as to how to support themselves through a profession, they even discuss going into a housekeeping business together, having arrived at strong opinions about all issues involving domestic governance — and a great source of humor throughout the many episodes will be that they approach their household chores with approximately the same egotism and dilettantism that they once did as rock musicians, and are forever quarreling and finding fault with each other’s distinctive housekeeping quirks. In the first episode, for instance, we find them arguing about where the bottle of handsoap should be placed, by the sink or in the shower… and all of this will be comical because, from their minor disagreements about everyday issues, extreme prejudices and deeply felt grudges, long hidden, will be revealed.
The most mysterious element of the sitcom is to be the landlady’s relationship to the two men, which at once seems sexual, and then maternal — and now again, the men seem to exist in a kind of servitude toward her, as if in repayment for some ancient and ultimately not-repayable debt; an element of the relationship which lends to the general levity of the show the faintest suggestion that in fact a weighty new form of feminism is here being discussed. The woman (this all occurs on an isolated ranch in the deserts of New Mexico) is one of those weird affluent liberal Southwestern types — an art-lover, she is characterized by an airy flightiness which is meant to conceal the strength and severity of her will — and will sometimes walk around naked just because she knows “the boys” are afraid to see it. Other characters include: Marshal Calm, the estate’s handyman; Coolie and Festa Fruitie, their nearest neighbors; and Sgt. Tom Jeb Jackson of The New Mexico State Highway Patrol, who has taken a liking to the landlady, but has no tolerance for these two “boys” who can not be made to act like men.
There will also be irregular appearances by: Dick Drew, a cattle Rancher and the landlady’s nephew (he has an illness); Yankie, an octogenarian survivalist who lives someplace on the property and will occasionally pop in to see “if everything’s alright”; and finally, there is the landlady’s husband, a mysterious figure, reportedly dead, but about whom many legends abound. The mere thought of him fills “the boys” with dread.
We’re thinking NBC. They could use a hit.