Picks and Pans Review: Ruby & the Rockits

updated 07/27/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/27/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC Family, July 21, 8:30 p.m. ET/PT |

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Almost 40 years after The Partridge Family, David Cassidy parodies his aging pop-idol image on this mechanical sitcom. He's David Gallagher, ex singer of the Rockits, now reduced to performing at a smallish casino lounge when he meets Ruby (Alexa Vega), the daughter he never knew he had. Since a casino is no place to raise a kid, he houses Ruby with brother Patrick (Patrick Cassidy, the actor's half-brother; Patrick's brother Shaun is creator and executive producer). A former Rockit himself, he now sells cars. Of the Cassidys, Patrick turns in the better performance as a slightly buffoonish suburban dad. David gives off the slick twinkle of a sequin.

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