Malin Akerman has great legs, and they're on full display in the first episode of Trophy Wife, as her character walks into a school.
"Hey, what's up, MILF?" a teen boy says.
"Shut up, toolbox," Akerman's character snaps back.
Hey, who doesn't love MILFs and toolboxes? TV needs more of both. But Trophy Wife - which debuts Tuesday on ABC and CTV - actually aspires to be something of a Modern Family, albeit one that focuses more on a single character in the initial stage.
Akerman plays Kate, who until recently was a party girl - make that party woman, I guess - locked in the single life of go-nowhere relationships and drunk karaoke. But when Kate meets an older man named Pete, played by Bradley Whitford (a.k.a. Josh on The West Wing), she falls in love.
Turns out Pete has not one but two ex-wives. There's hard-nosed, overachieving doctor Diane (Marcia Gay Harden), who came first. And there's free-spirited new-age space-cadet Jackie (Michaela Watkins), who came second. And there are three kids thrown in there, too.
Now, who am I to question love? Also, picking apart sitcoms for believability issues stops all of them in their tracks.
However, I just have to say, Whitford's Pete character is a fairly straight-forward lawyer, and while I can see him marrying Diane at one point in his life, I just can't picture that he ever would have been married to Jackie. And that even takes into consideration the possibility of a polar-opposite-of-Diane thing going on in his mind.
"We always joked that it's a little bit like the story of Goldilocks in that the first wife was, you know, too cold, and then (Pete) kind of over-corrected," co-executive producer Lee Eisenberg says. "In that instance, Bradley Whitford is Goldilocks."
Okay, gotcha, moving past it.
The basic premise of Trophy Wife is that Akerman's Kate wants to prove that she isn't one. She wants to be an integral part of this "modern family," and it hurts her feelings when she's dismissed as Pete's "child bride."
There's also friction between Kate and a teen daughter of Pete and Diane's. In that regard, Trophy Wife echoes short-lived NBC sitcom 1600 Penn. That one just happened to be set in the White House, with Jenna Elfman playing the insecure step-mom being emotionally tortured by a step-daughter.
Not just emotionally but also physically, Akerman's character gets bounced around quite a lot in the first episode of Trophy Wife.
"I do, but I love that, physical comedy actually is where I feel the most comfortable, absolutely," Akerman says. "I'm clumsy in real life and I'm a little bit of a goofball, so that works out.
"All my life I've been climbing trees and riding bicycles with the boys."
Just remember, Malin Akerman, in Trophy Wife you're a MILF, not a toolbox. Am I even speaking English any more?