Picks and Pans Review: The Showbiz Show with David Spade

updated 10/24/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/24/2005 01:00AM

Comedy Central (Thursdays, 10:30 p.m. ET)

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David Spade has lank blond hair that holds light with a soft, almost foppish gleam. It looks as if it were styled from one of those classic Gainsborough portraits, like The Blue Boy. He could set it off with a velvet cap. But his humor is, needless to say, completely contemporary. He has a slack, casual contempt for just about anything, and he can be very funny.

So this vehicle for him is a disappointment. Conceived as a sort of Daily Show targeting the vanities of the entertainment industry, it should feel like a killer parody of Extra or Access Hollywood—shows where someone like Billy Bush can actually cast a shadow. Instead, it's mostly Spade sitting at a desk in what feels like a Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update." Just riffin'. The show can be wonderfully mean—after promising footage of Ashton and Demi's bridal night, Spade showed Jack Nicholson being chased by a cackling old devil lady in The Shining-but it's too spotty.

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