Picks and Pans Review: Frannie's Turn
Talk about going against the grain. While the other networks are pushing energetic youth-appeal sitcoms, CBS trots out this creaky, ethnic, gray-haired, kitchen-bound comedy. Miriam Margolyes stars as a 50-something, long-suffering Irish-Catholic woman slowly beginning to stand up for herself after years of mistreatment at the hands of her Cuban husband (Tomas Milian) and her dress-designer boss (Taylor Negron).
In other words, what you have here is an older version of I Love Lucy with a little All in the Family tossed in, along with an unlikely dash of feminism. This hellish hash is supplemented with stock supporting characters like the dotty mother-in-law (Alice Drummond) and a space-case smart-mouthed teen (Stivi Paskoski). It's an uninteresting, unamusing premise, artificially played out. That makes for a very overworked laugh track.
The show gets a big launch in this après-60 Minutes spot, then moves next week to Saturdays at 8 P.M. ET, where it should die a quick, painful death.