Picks and Pans Review: 1st & Ten
HBO calls 1st & Ten an adult comedy. When a cable network says that, it usually means that they're taking the appellation "boob tube" all too literally. Yeah, there are naked breasts here, but surprisingly few (only four by my count in the premiere, which has aired). This sitcom's about a socialite, played by Delta (Filthy Rich) Burke, who gets an L.A. football team in her divorce settlement. The unshaven, shabby coach (Reid Shelton from Broadway's Annie), the players, including Geoffrey (Dynasty) Scott, and the crooked general manager, Clayton (Knots Landing) Landey, are all properly dubious of her; so's Fran Tarkenton, who gives play-by-play to the game scenes. There are a few funny moments, like a born-again player saying that "God loves football.... God doesn't know much about baseball." There are a few too many big-guys-are-dumb gags, but some of those are worth a chortle. In the end, 1st & Ten is inoffensive but hardly hilarious. Not a bad try, not a great one. Second and nine.