Picks and Pans Review: Out All Night
NBC (Saturdays, 8:30 P.M. ET)
Soul diva Patti LaBelle plays a singer and nightclub owner in this sitcom. No big stretch there. But just about everything else in tins stale, formulaic comedy is terribly contrived. LaBelle becomes the boss, landlady and smothering mother-surrogate to a recent college grad (Morris Chestnut). The most annoying—and extraneous—character has to be the freeloading Scotsman (Simon O'Brien) who is Chestnut's neighbor.
This tired tripe has two things going in its favor: musical guest stars (including Luther Vandross, Hammer. Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men, TLC and Jodeci) who slop by to perform at the club and the outrageous Duane Martin, who plays Chestnut's bumptious best friend. Every time Martin spots a shapely woman, he erupts into comicbook exclamations like Pow! or Ka-boom! Too bad the writing isn't half as animated.
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