Monday, October 6 2003
Was anyone clamoring for a new Charlie Sheen sitcom?
As Tarzan, Fimmel scowls and pouts with pretty precision.
Trades on the image of D.C. as a shadow-realm, characterized by backroom dealings and shifting loyalties.
If one sequestered a gang of adolescent males long enough without female company, they'd sooner or later produce a script for Las Vegas.
The potential for edgier investigations and deeper questions is built into Joan of Arcadia's framework.
It's the type of show that makes the laugh track seem creepy.
Small towns of America have enough on their plate. Do they really need David Kelley piling on?
Monday, September 29 2003
Here's a terrorist threat that hasn't yet made a Fox News headline: bees.'
It's hard to imagine a new mother not having a problem with a bunch of guys drinking beer out of her baby bottles.
Nathan represents establishment and conformity, while Lucas represents rugged individualism.
Solving the crime does not seem to be NCIS' goal, as it's more focused on preventing other agencies from conducting the investigation.
Kate (Alicia Silverstone) is adorable in that way that makes you want to comb the manes of a full set of plastic toy ponies.
Recently written off All My Children, Kelly Ripa now turns her attention to primetime, playing a soap star who has been recently written off her soap.
'The mighty hero,' taunts Spike, 'reduced to a bloody bureaucrat.'
Wednesday, September 24 2003
It is so inundated with clichés that it's hard to differentiate it from every sitcom you've seen since childhood.
Despite its abject celebration of all things trailer park, The Mullets actually sports an impressive television pedigree.
Happy Family's bleak view of the family unit and its strong undertones of parental disillusionment are refreshing at a time when sitcoms have gone warm and fuzzy.
The show's own contradictions reveal that even the judges are confused as to just what makes an Australian Idol.
Tuesday, September 16 2003
Whoopi is intelligent and topical, infused with politically oriented humor reminiscent of such 1970s Norman Lear sitcoms as All in the Family and Maude.
The next day, Jake can hear through walls, see like a microscope, and jump, run, and punch like the Bionic Woman.