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Shaky Ground aired from December 1992 until July 1993 on FOX.

Bob Moody (Matt Frewer)worked as a quality-control inspector for United General Technologies, a Los Angeles company in the aerospace business. Recently passed over for the supervisor's job, he had quit but was pursuaded to come back by his new boss, obnoxious Arthur Dannenberg ( Alex Nevil). Although he had to keep a low profile at work, which was often difficult since he knew more than the much younger Dannenberg, Bob let it all out when he got home. Fortunately his wife, Helen ( Robin Riker), was used to dealing with his sarcasm and frustrations and his three kids, Carter ( Matthew Brooks), Bernadette ( Jennifer Love Hewitt) and Dylan ( Bradley Pierce) were too preoccupied with their own lives to pay much attention to Dad's grousing. Russell ( Harold Sylvester) was an engineer who was Bob's primary confidant at work, and Harry ( Tony Longo) was a beefy worker on the United General Technologies assembly line.

A Review from The LA Times

TV REVIEWS : Frewer Sturdies 'Shaky Ground'
December 12, 1992|HOWARD ROSENBERG

As he was in the CBS sitcom "Doctor, Doctor," Matt Frewer is again a man-child in "Shaky Ground." The formulaic but sneaky-funny Fox series premieres at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on KTTV-TV Channel 11 and XETV-TV Channel 6.

Superseding shaky writing, Frewer's offbeat, off-center, off-the-wall style sees him through the premiere, which introduces him as Bob Moody, a sort of white collar Homer Simpson who impulsively quits his job at an aerospace plant when he's passed over for a supervisory position that instead goes to a 25-year-old snotty pipsqueak. Later, Moody has second thoughts.

"Shaky Ground" is a case of father knowing least. Moody lives in a tract house with his wife (Robin Riker) and three kids, and it's a toss-up whether he or his hooky-playing son, Carter (Matthew Brooks), is more immature.

Frewer's goofy charm is about all that elevates the opening episode above the mundane. But the second episode is much cleverer, as Moody and Carter design a devious plot to enable Moody to stay home and watch a championship fight on TV rather than go to the ballet with his wife. "What we're doing is deceitful, dishonest and wrong," the father informs his son. "And I can't believe we're gonna get away with it."

Whether "Shaky Ground" gets away with it will depend entirely on whether its writers can consistently keep pace with its star.

An Article from The Chicago Tribune

Frewer Aims For Ratings Success With Slightly Off-center Character
January 09, 1993|By Jerry Buck.

LOS ANGELES — You can be sure that when Matt Frewer plays the role of everyman in a new television sitcom, he's going to be an everyman who is at least a little twisted.

A sanity-in-question imprint has been stamped on virtually every role Frewer has played, from the computer-generated "Max Headroom" to the eccentric physician on "Doctor, Doctor."

Now, on Fox's "Shaky Ground," television's everyman-the breadwinner, husband and father-gets the Frewer treatment.

He plays Bob Moody, a frazzled family man, on the Sunday night show that also stars Robin Riker as his wife.

"Bob's a little man who's trying to keep his head above water," Frewer said. "He's got too little time for his family. The carrot's dangling in front of him, but he always misses success."

Frewer has yet to find success in television. "Shaky Ground" is Frewer's first series since "Doctor, Doctor" left the air in July 1991. "Shaky Ground" is near the bottom of the ratings.

"I think `Doctor, Doctor' worked. I thought it was very funny. We weren't helped by the constant changing of the air date. But I think people are wary of doctors in the best of times and downright scared of them in the worst of times. I think having a doctor acting odd was off-putting."

After "Doctor, Doctor" he appeared in "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," an upcoming feature movie called "20 Bucks" and an upcoming HBO movie called "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom."

Frewer was born in Washington, D.C., but grew up in Canada as his naval officer father moved to various assignments.

"I never thought about acting until I was 18," he said. "I wanted to play pro hockey. I was a very serious player until I was injured when I was 15. By the time I came back it wasn't there anymore.

"I'd thought of going into biology, but a teacher said, `Do you want to spend your life chopping up worms in northern Manitoba?' I was offered hockey scholarships at several colleges, but decided to go to England to study acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school."

"I eventually got Shakespeared out," he said. "I got tired of having to take such a reverential approach. I began doing more improvising. `Max Headroom' started as something I did in England. It began as little videos to introduce some records. But it got so popular it expanded and I did a series. Cinemax picked it up in this country, then I did some shows for them. ABC picked us up after we did the Coke commercial."

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