Picks and Pans Review: The Preston Episodes
David Alan Grier (In Living Color) plays a college professor who chucks his academic career to pursue his dream of being a writer in New York City. Too old for an entry-level job and too inexperienced for anything else, Grier ends up working for Stuff magazine, a fluffy photo tabloid presided over by a dyspeptic cockney (Clive Revill), the gruffest TV editor since Lou Grant. Also in the cast are Tommy Hinkley as a wacky neighbor who rents himself out for medical experiments and Brent Hinkley as a creepy coworker ("If people don't start treating me better, I'm going to start rubbing my armpits on everything in the snack room"). Despite the fact that they have identical last names as well as similar berserko roles on the same sitcom, the Hinkleys are not related.
The show has a wry attitude, and Grier is a delightful comic. But the laughs are too few and far between.