"Breaking In," the Fox comedy premiering Wednesday, April 6, answers the nagging question: Just who does shop at SkyMall?
Oz (Christian Slater) does, especially while relaxing in his authentic Captain Kirk chair. Oz is the manipulative, intelligent owner of Contra Security, a company that tests security systems. When museums or luxury car dealerships need to know if a thief could compromise their business, they call him.
Yes, Oz behind the curtain. It was on a job that Cam (Bret Harrison) came to Oz's attention. Cam's been enjoying college for years, having hacked into the school's computer system, registered himself as twins so he'd have two rooms, awarded himself scholarships and A's, and sold professors' passwords to students in need of grade changes.
Not a bad life.
Oz, Melanie (Odette Annable) and Josh (Trevor Moore) break into Cam's dorm room to make him an offer he can't refuse: Cam will leave college and work -- for Oz. When Cam hesitates, Oz says, "Do I look like your prom date? No is not an option. Here's how it's gonna go. You either come work for me or I'm gonna turn you over to the college, and you're gonna go to jail."
Naturally, Cam takes the job.
So he joins Oz's merry band of felonious geeks, though Melanie is decidedly not geeky. She rides a motorcycle, has a dangerous-looking boyfriend and picks locks for a living. Cash (Alphonso McAuley) applies his 161 IQ to playing bizarre pranks. All those years of playing video games finally paid off. Josh seems to be an all-around covert kind of guy: He's a convincing liar who's cool under fire. He instantly despises Cam.
Cam was always nerdy, and as he reflects on his life, we see a montage of him getting pantsed through the years. The show has a decidedly male point of view, not surprising since Seth Gordon and Adam Goldberg are the director and writer.
For instance, when Oz walks away from a museum with a Picasso, he reports that the museum needs to improve its security but adds he understands why this is a masterpiece: "The woman's got four boobs and no mouth."
Cash eats a lot of candy from the company vending machine and says, "You have to wait. My mouth is about to have sex with this candy bar."
The jobs they take on are fun and have an air of spy bravado because of the high-tech gadgets and clandestine efforts needed to breach systems.
Cam, as the newbie, is the object of pranks, including the impressive act of cementing his desk to the ceiling, which was Cash's handiwork. Oz also found Cash on a job: He was a stalker fanboy harassing William Shatner.
In the show, Shatner gave Oz the Enterprise chair as a thank-you gift.
In reality, Slater owns the chair.
"I needed a place to put the chair, and this show came along at the perfect time," Slater says.
The show was initially made about a year ago, Harrison says.
"It's always hard to tell after such a long waiting period," he says. "Originally, there was nothing else like it on TV. The closest thing I can equate it to is 'Get Smart.' "
It is an office show, but the work this office does is more intriguing than most.
"I love office shows," Goldberg says. "OK, we have an office that we've never really seen before, and it exists in reality."