Picks and Pans Review: Television Parts
NBC (Thursday, March 7, 9:30 p.m. ET)
"I sort of don't even watch TV myself," Michael Nesmith admits at the start of the show he produced and stars in. What gall from a man whose TV resumé doesn't exactly include Masterpiece Theater or M*A*S*H. This guy was on The Monkees. Being a member of the Anglo-Saxon precursor to Menudo doesn't give him a right to be snotty about the medium you're watching and he's working in. Neither does this show. Nesmith and a bunch of his buddies—Martin Mull, Garry Shandling, Jim Stafford and a misnamed act called "The Funny Boys"—put together a bunch of mediocre skits. "Some of them," Nesmith promises, "are just hilarious." Shandling goes out on a date with a "Miss Maryland" wearing a sash and crown. Nesmith sings the hit Guantanamera as "one ton tomatoes." A "Five-Second Theater" rendition of To Kill a Mockingbird' shows you a bird and then an A-bomb blast. If these are hilarious, then Nesmith is another John Lennon.
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