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Picks and Pans Review: Sammy

updated 08/14/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/14/2000 01:00AM

NBC (Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m. ET)

This lackluster animated series (premiering Aug. 8) centers on the relationship between a TV actor named James Blake (voiced by, and drawn to resemble, co-creator David Spade) and Sammy, the sponging, randy dad who invades his Hollywood life after a long absence. Sammy might be better in live-action form. I'm open to the idea of Just Shoot Me's Spade zinging a no-account parent on a weekly basis. But the cartoon is visually dull; in fact, James's description of Sammy's bulbous red nose is far more vivid than anything onscreen. And the show suffers from Spade's decision to double as the voice of the father. Deprived of individuality, Sammy simply sounds like Spade doing a weak impression of himself as an old rascal. Maybe the star couldn't allow another voice to get the best lines.

Bottom Line: Oh Dad, poor Dad

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