Picks and Pans Review: The George Wendt Show

updated 03/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Wednesdays, 8 p.m. ET)

C

In this new sitcom, the Cheers veteran plays the cohost of a radio show, Points & Plugs. Together with his brother (Pat Finn), he dispenses automotive advice from a makeshift studio inside their car repair garage. (The premise is lifted from the popular NPR show Car Talk, hosted by Tom and Ray Magliozzi. That program is based in Boston, but Wendt, opting to put some miles between himself and Norm, situates this show in Madison, Wis.)

Wendt and Finn deliver their lines with such assurance and crisp rhythm that you may be puzzled after a few minutes to find that you're not laughing. These guys sure act funny. The problem is they're driving a lemon. Under the hood: stale and obvious writing. Combine the running-on-empty humor with a woeful supporting cast, and you have a sitcom hitting on about two cylinders.

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