AT LAST! SOMETHING I LIKE!!!
"CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE" DEBUTS
The Best Cast In Sit-Com History?
After suffering the insufferable Roseanne for YEARS, John Goodman finally has a TV show worthy of his talents. His brother is played by Diedrich Bader, aka Oswald, the REALLY dumb guy on "Drew." He's very dumb. And funny. Goodman's wife is Jean Smart, the amusing redneck Charlene on "Designing Women." Not many lines as yet, but she sure looks good. Ed Asner, Mr. Grant on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," plays the Dad. He gets all the best lines, so far. And boy, has it been a long time since I've heard him deliver such lines, and so well. The Mom is Olympia Dukakis, who was the Mama on that AWFUL TV version of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." But she's good here. Then there's Marilu Henner, Nardo, from "Taxi," twenty years later, rescued from infomercial Hell, and still quite the hottie.
Best of all, there's no kids, so far. Kids have ruined some good shows, for me. Like those creepy little buggers on Bonnie Hunt's otherwise excellent, mostly improvised, brilliantly guested, now defunct show. Why does everybody have to have kids? Very few are worth watching. On TV, either. The kid on Charlie Sheen's show is funny, a rarity. And then there's Malcolm, and "Arrested Development." But most of them are supererogatory, if ya ask me. Let's hope this show gets its' tubes tied.
Cuz it really has potential. Just add up the shows they've all been on: It's almost half of the best comedies ever on TV. Definitely the best ones since the 70s. And the writing is up to their talents, too. Not the BEST, yet. But neither were most of the others. It's a real pleasure to watch, and listen to, too. Check it out next Wednesday. "The West Wing" has jumped the shark, anyway. Any minute, Martin Sheen will mutate into Dubya, and start sexually harassing Donna. Which I would have done in the first term, but that's just me.
Writer-producers: Mitchel Katlin & Nat Bernstein, of "Ally McBeal." Emmy-winning producer-director Andy Ackerman (whose credits include "Cheers," "Seinfeld" and "Frasier").
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