Picks and Pans Review: The Entertainers

updated 11/25/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/25/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Thurs., Nov. 21, 8 P.M. ET)

B+

With Bob Newhart, you expect monkey business, but not like this. The comedian makes a rare dramatic appearance in this TV movie as a vaudevillian who has spent 25 years trying to hit it big with his partner, an aging chimp named Archie. Comedian, down to his last few dollars, and simian arrive in Las Vegas for one last shot at the big time.

You can see where the story is heading all the way (particularly a lame subplot with Linda Gray as Newhart's old flame). Still it's nice to see a telefilm that isn't about incest or murder. It's a sweet story made better by a charming, low-key performance by the ever-reliable Newhart.

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