Picks and Pans Review: Pearl
(CBS, Mondays, 8:30 p.m. ET; as of Oct. 21, Wednesdays, 8.30 p.m. ET)
Widowed loading-dock manager Pearl (Rhea Perlman) longs to be cultured, so she applies to Swindon University to study humanities with arrogant, elegant professor Stephen Pynchon (Malcolm McDowell). Swindon itself looks pretty cheesy: Pynchon's lecture hall, complete with a skeleton hanging next to the podium, seems to double as his office. And Pearl's poorly sketched family is equally unconvincing. Perlman and McDowell make an appealingly odd couple, but before their worlds can comically collide, they need to have worlds.
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