Picks and Pans Review: Still Standing
CBS (Mondays, 9:30 p.m. ET)
In placing this mediocre new comedy between proven favorite Everybody Loves Raymond and freshman hit CSI: Miami, CBS is evidently counting on the inertia of the viewer: Hey, don't bother changing channels—it'll be over before you know it.
British actor Mark Addy, who played a pudgy stripper in The Full Monty, barely disguises his accent for the role of American family man Bill Miller, the unabashedly immature father of three children. The pilot repeatedly mentioned that Bill is a toilet salesman, an occupation apparently designed to explain his crude streak. His wife, Judy (Jami Gertz), speaks bluntly to Bill ("Shut your hole and change your shirt") but loves him all the same—even after he opens his robe and flashes his manhood in the living room. Judy calls Bill "a stupid, stupid man," and we learn in the second episode that she likes feeling smarter than her spouse. It's nice to know she's getting something out of the relationship.
Addy was set to star in the CBS movie Gleason (airing Oct. 13) before this series demanded his full attention. He shows traces of the talent it would take to imbue Bill Miller with some of the old Ralph Kramden spirit. But without better scripts, this sitcom will never be more than filler.
Bottom Line: On its feet but wobbly
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