Picks and Pans Review: The Tony Danza Show

updated 09/29/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/29/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Wednesdays, 8 p.m. ET)


Through the miracle of personal computing, many Americans now have the option of doing their jobs without leaving home. That blessing may turn into a curse for this new sitcom, starring Tony Danza as a New York sports columnist and single dad (recently separated) who writes in his apartment so he can spend more time raising his daughters, aged 16 (Majandra Delfino) and 11 (Ashley Malinger). Problem: Danza is unable to type, much less operate his PC, so he must dictate his prose to a full-time assistant (Maria Canals). Every possible laugh is squeezed out of this circumstance in the first two episodes (Sept. 24 and Oct. 1). Bigger problem: Danza's household headaches are not especially funny. How many times will the show remind us that his younger daughter is a hypochondriac and that his ever-present doorman (Shaun Weiss) has the hots for his assistant? Then again, Danza is easy to like as a tidier version of Oscar Madison. So here's our free advice: Have the sportswriter work at the newspaper office and let the girls' grandfather (Dean Stockwell) play nanny.

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