• Don't be surprised if this one goes away quickly.
Logistics: Premiere airs 7 p.m. (Central) Monday on CBS.
Cast: Andrea Anders, Jon Bernthal, Lizzy Caplan, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Heather Goldenhersh, Julie Halston, Sam Harris, David Keith, Sean Maguire, Lucy Punch, Jason Ritter
Despite some big talent on its creative team — James Burrows, David Crane (Friends) and Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You) — The Class has work to do to shed the generic sitcom tag. Though the title suggests otherwise, this isn't a school or college comedy; the titles refers to members of the same third-grade class whose lives intersect. In the premiere, Ethan Haas (Jason Ritter, son of the late John Ritter) calls them together for a surprise engagement party for himself and his girlfriend. While his falls apart, new relationships are born at the gathering. The funniest character is Richie Velch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), a suicidal loner who runs a car over his new love interest. Other funny bits include a couple with a five-year-old daughter named Oprah and a construction worker who lives at home and bickers with his mom. The storylines are almost exclusively relationship-centered, although episode three squeezes a few yuks out of the rather pointless backdrop of a hurricane coming ashore. With a cast this enormous, things get spread pretty thin over the course of 23 minutes, and I found myself wishing last season's canceled Stockard Channing sitcom Out of Practice, which also spent some time in this Monday block, had been given another chance. The Class is a likely weak link in CBS' Monday comedy block.