Picks and Pans Review: M.y.o.b.
NBC publicity has slapped the catch-phrase "cutting edge" on this single-camera quasi-sitcom, which begins a limited run June 6. But M.Y.O.B. (as in "mind your own business") is only the latest in a line of series featuring a jaded, media-savvy teen who talks directly to the audience and makes frequent mention of other TV shows. The references to NBC's Law & Order, Just Shoot Me and Frasier are sarcastic, but network executives undoubtedly don't mind as long as the titles come through loud and clear.
Riley (Katharine Towne) is a sneering 16-year-old runaway who comes to a small town in search of her birth mother and winds up moving in with her Aunt Opal (Lauren Graham), a rigid high school administrator. The wary characters have an interesting way of testing each other's defenses, but it's not a good sign that Riley's skill at sexual blackmail is a key element in the first two episodes. Did she learn this from TV?
Bottom Line: Too tube-conscious