Picks and Pans Review: The Simple Life
"I am a nutso, crazed perfectionist who drives everyone away because I need every detail perfect," says Judith Light as a Martha Stewart type in the June 3 premiere of this sitcom. But Light (Who's the Boss?) doesn't seem so crazed. Jean Smart was nuttier—and funnier—as a similar character in Style & Substance, which flopped on CBS as a midseason entry. So this show would seem to have slim hope of exciting America in a seven-episode summer run. The pilot features a crossover gimmick: Fran Drescher and Rachel Chagall, in their roles from The Nanny, set out to visit Light's farm in upstate New York, but they never arrive—and thus never share the screen with any Simple Life cast members. How's that for moral support?
Bottom Line: Simplify your life by not watching