The San Francisco 49ers and Levi’s Stadium will be broadcast widely on nationwide prime-time television in the coming days.
Not only does the team hosting the Green Bay Packers on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” show, but a Niners game provides the storyline for the opening of Season 2 of “Home Economics” Wednesday night (9:30 p.m., ABC ).
“Home Economics” is a family sitcom set in the Bay Area. It follows the often-awkward relationship between three adult siblings – one of whom is ultra wealthy (Jimmy Tatro as Connor), one stuck in the middle class (Topher Grace as Tom) and the another in financial difficulty (Caitlin McGee as Sarah).
At the opening, Connor buys a few tickets for a luxury suite for a game in Santa Clara, where he hopes to close a big deal. His siblings and their kids are invited, but things get a little uncomfortable because Tom, who was never a sportsman as a child, doesn’t know anything about football.
Instead of admitting his lack of knowledge, he tries to pretend (after a quick Wikipedia tutorial).
Some of the funniest moments in the episode happen when 49ers legend Jerry Rice steps into the sequel. Tom, of course, has no idea who Rice is. He tries to continue a soccer conversation with the Hall of Fame – and, of course, fumbles.
TV comedies are often very lame when they try (and fail) to reproduce a true pro-sports atmosphere. But at least the producers of Home Economics tried to go further.
Tom and his wife Marina (Karla Souza), for example, wear the George Kittle and Jimmy Garoppolo swimsuits respectively. 49ers linebacker Fred Warner gets a scream. Bay Area rapper / singer and 49ers super fan 24kGoldn makes an appearance. And even the 49ers’ mascot, Sourdough Sam, shows up for an appearance.
Now if only we could get Tom to look at Jerry Rice’s Wikipedia page.