Picks and Pans Review: Hearts Afire
CBS (Mondays, 8:30 P.M. ET)
Sitcom veterans John Hitter and Markie Post star in this new offering from Evening Shade and Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason.
Ritter plays a divorced father of two who is the chief aide to a scatterbrained Southern Senator (George Gaynes). Post plays the Senator's newly hired press secretary, a respected journalist now clown on her luck. Ritter and Post immediately strike up a combustible relationship. (In coming weeks, Ed Asner will join the cast as Post's father, a recent prison parolee.)
This program is a little more loopy and labored than Bloodworth-Thomason's other shows and has to forage around longer to uncover its punch lines. But the leads are very adept at playing up what humor there is. And in Clark Duke, as Ritter's younger son, the comedy has prime time's cutest tyke.
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