It's also why "Brothers" -- the new Michael Strahan sitcom -- will come to life on the Fox network this fall. Yes ... the same Michael Strahan who set an NFL record with 22.5 sacks in a single season.
Why? Why would you do this, Fox? Why would you, Michael Strahan, with the original luster on your 2007 Super Bowl ring yet to tarnish, decide to do this?
According to the video promo on Fox's Web site, "Brothers" is "about the people we love ... the family we need ... and everything in between." Forgive me if I'm out of line here, but isn't everything in between the people we love and the family we need ... well, everything?
While "Seinfeld" followed the show-about-nothing formula to success, Michael Strahan's new sitcom is apparently about everything. On the contrary, it's about a retired NFL player who is coping with life after the NFL. So, it's about Michael Strahan.
Here's the Fox plot treatment for the show:
BROTHERS Starring Michael Strahan ("FOX NFL Sunday") and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell ("Ed," "Veronica's Closet"), BROTHERS is a new half-hour comedy about a former NFL hot shot who learns that even though you can always go home again, the trip back might be tougher than you think.
MIKE TRAINOR (Strahan) seemingly has it all - he's a good-looking, wealthy and recently retired NFL player living the high-life in New York City, but he's about to get sidelined. When Mike gets a phone call from his MOM (CCH Pounder, "The Shield") who orders him home to Houston, he quickly realizes the more his life has changed, the more his family has stayed the same.
His brother CHILL (Daryl "Chill" Mitchell), whose life was altered drastically after a car accident left him in a wheelchair, is struggling to keep his restaurant afloat with the help of his loudmouth associate, ROSCOE (Colton Dunn, "MADtv"). The dynamics between Mike and Chill are the same as when they were kids, and their sibling rivalry hasn't lessened with age. If they can stop their bickering, put aside their differences and learn to be teammates, the brothers might just turn out to be each other's biggest asset.
Wedged between Mike and Chill are their parents. Their father, whom everyone refers to as COACH (Carl Weathers, "Rocky"), is the local high school football coach and the conservative, opinionated alpha male of his clan. Coach thinks he runs the show, but really it's Mom who calls the shots. Saucy, stern and a schemer, she is the mastermind of the family. And when she learns that Mike's business manager took off with all his money, she orchestrates a plan to keep Mike in Houston, save Chill's restaurant and bring the family back together under one roof again - all without anyone realizing what she's up to.
I don't need to turn a page to judge this book by its cover. With "Brothers" Fox is once again trying to tap further into the complete idiot demographic.Mom's plan helps Mike realize that his family - however dysfunctional they may be - is the only family he's got. And although he may not have a penny to his name, as long as he's surrounded by people who love him, he'll always be a rich man.
It's hard to believe that the same network that brought us "The Simpsons," "Arrested Development" and "Family Guy" would decide "Brothers" would be a good investment. What's even more mind boggling is that Mitch Hurwitz, who served as executive producer on "Arrested Development" would put his name behind "Brothers."
For Strahan's part, finding success as a former athlete in the sitcom world is virtually unprecedented. Bob Golic's run as Cal U resident adviser Mike Rogers on "Saved By the Bell: The College Years" lasted one season -- memorable only for the epic mullet Golic sported.
Former Bull Reggie Theus made the move to TV as coach Bill Fuller in "Hang Time" -- which you likely didn't see.
Seems like the recipe for success when it comes to athletes making the jump to TV lies in the cameo. Just ask Keith Hernandez, Paul O'Neill, Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams -- all of whom had memorable stints on "Seinfeld."
Ask Shaq and Muggsy Bogues, whose cameos in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" were nothing short of ... pretty good.
And who could forget Kevin McHale's 1991 appearance on "Cheers" to celebrate Norm's 40th birthday? Classic!
But starring in his own sitcom? No, Michael Strahan. No.
If there is comedy to be found here, it's only in the fact that Hollywood executives think that those of us in the fly-over states would be so simple-minded as to want to tune in week after week to watch Michael Strahan, and listen to jokes like this gem from his on-screen brother, directed at the gap-toothed future hall-of-famer:
"You know what you should do with your two front teeth? Introduce 'em."
You know what you should do with crappy, mindless sitcoms Fox? Stop making 'em.