Picks and Pans Review: The Second Half

updated 10/11/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/11/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Tuesdays, 9:30p.m. ET)

B

Stand-up comic John Mendoza is an unlikely personality to build a show around, with his Droopy Dog demeanor and voice more somnolent than the guy in the Champion Mortgage commercials ("When your bank says, 'No,' Champion says, 'Yesss' "). But, hey, it works. Mendoza is funny as a recently divorced Chicago sports-writer and weekend dad. He's a thoroughly unpretentious guy. Oh, what the heck: Let's call a slob a slob.

The supporting cast includes Jessica Lundy (Over My Dead Body) as Mendoza's nurse sister and Wayne Knight (Seinfeld's annoying Newman) as his editor at the paper.

So far this show is little more than a frivolous entertainment, but it has the ingredients to develop into a consistently rewarding comedy.

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