For over a decade, Glenn Howerton and his cadre of dummies have been putting a fresh spin on mean-spirited comedy on FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Now, Howerton is headed to a major network with A.P. Bio, a new comedy from SNL alum Mike O’Brien. Fans of acerbic comedy should stop and take notice.
Howerton plays Jack Griffin, a former philosophy professor who has bottomed out in the worst way. When he misses out on teaching at Harvard, Griffin watches his opportunities dry up. As a result, the caustic jerk is forced to move home to Toledo and begin teaching an advanced placement biology class.
Of course, Griffin’s real purpose for being back in his hometown isn’t redemption — or even scholastic achievement. Jack Griffin is devoted to making his former rival’s life as bottomed-out miserable as his own. So, rather than enrich young minds, Griffin sets about enlisting his students as a perpetual revenge machine while corrupting the school’s staff with his petty sensibilities.
Judging from the handful of released clips, Howerton is on point as the apathetic teacher, the writing is sharp, and the supporting cast (which includes the always-wonderful Patton Oswalt) is more than up to the task of playing of Howerton’s awfulness.
The unflinching comedy is something unique for primetime television. Unlike most “a-holes with a heart of gold” on the comedy scene, Howerton’s character seems both unrepentant and unwilling to learn. Howerton’s deadpan delivery is the perfect vessel for such a role.
A.P. Bio premieres on NBC tonight, February 1.
More in News
Demi Lovato Remains in the Hospital After Overdosing Last Week
Demi Lovato is still in the hospital following an overdose that took place last week. The star is still expected to...July 31, 2018
Madonna Launches a Malawi Fundraiser to Celebrate 60th Birthday
Madonna is launching a fundraiser for Malawi in celebration of her 60th birthday. The fundraiser will be held online in partnership...July 31, 2018
Kesha Documentary Heading to Apple Music
A Kesha documentary will soon be released on Apple music. The project is entitled Rainbow – The Film, and will provide...July 30, 2018
Justin Bieber Hints that a Wedding is Just Around the Corner
Justin Bieber has hinted that his wedding to Hailey Baldwin is just around the corner. A paparazzi recently asked the singer...July 30, 2018
The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Cast Stands Up for Their Embattled Director
It’s been more than a week since news broke that Disney had axed James Gunn for a series of tweets he...July 30, 2018
Netflix Announces Four More Original TV Shows
Netflix has announced that they will be adding four more original TV shows. One of the new shows is called Madam...July 30, 2018