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Same Old Story? Guess Again

Web-only series gives different take on familiar roommate trope

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Max Abrams, Paul Carganilla, and Keith Toll are three actors you may never have heard of but they are worth noting. The actors took a cliche premise--three guys in their mid-20s who share a two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment--and managed to make it new with the creation of the 2010 Web-only series Guess Again.

The series revolves around the relationships between the very different friends. Dean (Carganilla), who recently received news that his ex-girlfriend is marrying a guy who the roommates thought was gay, is the level-headed worry wart. Rex (Abrams), a Jersey Shore-esque tool with an incongruent body that resembles a dilemma more than a "Situation," is unintentionally prejudiced and as ignorant as he is arrogant. And rounding out the roommate triad is Jeremy (Toll), a gullible yet lovable character who echoes Jason Segel's character in I Love You Man. Jeremy is devastated when Dean and Rex don't appreciate "all he brings to the apartment": a Nintendo 64, strawberry-filled Pop-Tarts and Pokemon-shaped macaroni and cheese.

Though the premise sounds regurgitated, Guess Again's creators/actors manage to deliver a fresh comedy style and to showcase characters in whom you want to invest. If you think this show sounds like a series version of Knocked Up or Half Baked, guess again.

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