Picks and Pans Review: Welcome to the Fun Zone

updated 06/04/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/04/1984 01:00AM

NBC (Saturday, June 2, 11:30 p.m. ET)

Just as Carson is hard to replace and as Letterman would be, so is Saturday Night Live. Lord knows, the networks have tried—with Fridays, SCTV, The New Show. Now Welcome to the Fun Zone, a one-night SNL replacement, joins the heap. Close but no cigar. It is a bit too juvenile, a bit too white bread. The show has three co-hosts, unknowns all, who emit scripted banter like the hosts of Real People. They, together with disc jockey Dr. Demento, introduce an odd collection of segments: the Wind-Up Toy Olympics (cute), the juggling Flying Karamazov Brothers (entertaining), Howie (St. Elsewhere) Mandel as a baritone Peewee Herman (weird), Bozo the Clown in Africa (huh?), John Candy in a comedy video called "The Golf Course That Dripped Blood" (shrug). It does have its moments, but not enough of them.

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