Picks and Pans Review: Wanda Does It

UPDATED 10/11/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/11/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

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If you like Wanda Sykes's tangy standup routines or her appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, chances are you felt let down by last year's lackluster FOX sitcom Wanda at Large. Well, prepare for more disappointment. This new show, a largely improvised comedy with touches of reality TV, had me fidgeting through the long, laughless stretches.

Each episode sets up a fictional situation that prompts Wanda to try a nonshowbiz job with help from real people. In the Oct. 5 premiere she has a go at auto repossession after a friend buys her old car but fails to pay. In the Oct. 12 episode, Wanda gets gambling lessons from a professional so she can get even with a Las Vegas casino that bumped her act. All the while, she banters and bickers with her prickly manager (played by actor Tim Bagley). Alas, the conversation is 90 percent pedestrian, and the occupational experiments have a paltry comic payoff.

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