Picks and Pans Review: The New Adventures of Old Christine

UPDATED 03/27/2006 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/27/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Mondays, 9:30 p.m. ET)

BY TOM GLIATTO

COMEDY

Julia Louis-Dreyfus's new sitcom suggests Seinfeld's Elaine weighed down and slowed down by a few crucial chapters of adulthood, with no David Puddy in sight to keep things loosey-goosey. Christine Campbell, owner of a gym, is single mother to an 8-year-old. She has recently enrolled him in a private school and endures pangs of social inadequacy confronting the other mothers. (She looks like a little horse swallowing nettles.) She and her ex-husband are amicable, except that he's acquired an adorable young girlfriend, also named Christine. Old Christine, meeting her, fibs that she has a boyfriend, too. A lumberjack—a rich one. Louis-Dreyfus responds to this vehicle much more warmly than her previous short-lived sitcom, Watching Ellie. She's trying to create a real woman, whining, sighing, laughing, getting by, being silly. It's rather endearing.

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