'Broke Girls' hopes to clean up

Kat Dennings (left) and Beth Behrs in "2 Broke Girls."

Kat Dennings (left) and Beth Behrs in "2 Broke Girls."

"If it ain't Broke, don't watch it."

Wouldn't that be a great ad campaign for the new sitcom 2 Broke Girls?

We obviously aren't in advertising or marketing. Maybe it's a horrible idea. Or maybe it's a great idea that somebody already has thought of, who knows?

Regardless, 2 Broke Girls, which stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs and in some ways is a modern take on Laverne & Shirley, makes its debut Monday on CBS and Citytv.

"Actually, what I've heard people say about our show is Lucy and Ethel," said Behrs, when asked if she was aware of the Laverne & Shirley comparisons.

"I have I Love Lucy posters all over my house, I love Lucille Ball, so that was great. I have seen Laverne & Shirley, I'm just not as familiar with it. But I do know I Love Lucy."

So Beth, are you the Lucy or the Ethel of 2 Broke Girls?

"Good question -- probably the Lucy, because usually I'm the one, like in the pilot, I make a very big mess," Behrs said. "But I think we both are both of them in certain ways."

The basic hook in 2 Broke Girls is that one of them didn't used to be broke. Caroline (Behrs) is a trust-fund princess who's forced to become a waitress.

"She loses everything, her dad is a crook and steals from all of New York City -- kind of like a (Bernie) Madoff," Behrs said. "He ends up in jail and they freeze all of her assets, they bolt up their townhouse, so she goes to Brooklyn to get a job at a diner where nobody from the Upper East Side ever would go and see her working there.

"She meets Max (Dennings), who is a Brooklyn girl who has no money, works a billion jobs trying to scrape by and is kind of the mean waitress of the diner. But eventually Max takes Caroline under her wing."

Both Behrs and Dennings are 25, but Dennings is far more of a known commodity on the entertainment scene. Her film credits include Thor, The House Bunny and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, with her breakout role having come in a memorable episode of Sex and The City.

"Part of the reason I relate to (2 Broke Girls) is we didn't have any money when I was growing up," Dennings recalled.

"I was a home-schooled kid living in the forest (in Pennsylvania), and I didn't even have cable. I used to get all my films from the library. My mom would get me classic movies and stuff. And I actually wasn't allowed to watch TV as a kid except for PBS, Sesame Street.

"My parents were sort of disenchanted with the school system at that time -- rightfully so, I think. I also was kind of a weirdo. Oh, I didn't always look like this. So yeah, I'm an actor now. All that weirdness growing up just somehow worked."

Speaking of weirdness, we had a weird reaction to the first episode of 2 Broke Girls.

We didn't like the episode -- it was way too busy -- but we liked the two main characters a lot. So our thinking is, by the third or fourth episode, the producers -- including Whitney Cummings, who is starring in her own sitcom, Whitney, on NBC and CTV this fall -- will figure it out. Dennings and Behrs are funny and likeable in their roles, which is a good chunk of the battle.

Females starring in comedies clearly is a trend right now.

"Whitney has her show, and Zooey Deschanel (New Girl on Fox and Citytv), and Bridesmaids did so well (in theatres)," Behrs said. "Maybe they're just allowing women to really be goofy and funny.

"I don't know why that has changed in our society, but I'm glad it did."