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#1 Posted on 21.9.04 1619.11
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So, I know there's a good number of Tony Kornheiser fans around here, so I was wondering if anyone caught the season premier of "Listen Up" on CBS last night?

The show is "loosely based on the columns of Tony Kornheiser", but Jason Alexander keeps turning the main character into Tony Costanza. (Sample line: "Michael VICK is the most OVERRATED quaterback EVER!!") Malcolm Jamal-Warner plays his best friend/co-host "Bernie" on the show, and I gotta say, if Warner is to Wilbon as Alexander is to Kornheiser, then Wilbon got the better end of that deal.

The family unit is your standard "teenage daughter who hates her father", "non-descript son", and "wise cracking wife" characters. I'd almost be intrigued by the daughter-father conflict thing if I hadn't seen it done better elsewhere.

Outside of the not-so-subtle psuedo-PTI show that the two do, the show is your paint-by-the-numbers sitcom. It's too early to say whether or not it's worth a damn, but if CBS is hoping for this show to be a solid lead in to "Raymond", then they could be in for a disappointment.

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#2 Posted on 21.9.04 1651.19
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At least last night, it won its time slot, so it has that going for it.

Tony was great on the Washington show today talking about it, dealing with people today and what not.

(for a shameless plug, you can read the recap at my TK blog.)
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#3 Posted on 21.9.04 1703.41
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It's got a cushy Monday-night timeslot, so even if it stinks (which by most reviews, it does), it could still make it all season.

I was going to watch it last night before RAW, but got hooked onto a CSI episode on Spike TV.
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#4 Posted on 21.9.04 1705.34
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Well, Jason Alexander was great on Seinfeld. Tony IS great on PTI. I liked the first episod and will be waiting for more.
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#5 Posted on 21.9.04 1708.06
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I generally don't watch network tv, aside from sports, and that piece of dreck helped remind me why I don't watch network. It wasn't quite bad enough to drag the Hot Pokers scale out, but it sure wasn't good. I predict an early and painful demise for the show.

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#6 Posted on 21.9.04 1830.16
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I watched. I laughed. And I have low expectations for the rest of the show's season. Definitely won't go out of my way to watch it. Instead, I'm getting the feeling that this is one of those shows which has a semi-promising pilot...and then follows up with crap. Time will tell...
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#7 Posted on 22.9.04 1149.22
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    Originally posted by bash91
    I generally don't watch network tv, aside from sports, and that piece of dreck helped remind me why I don't watch network. It wasn't quite bad enough to drag the Hot Pokers scale out, but it sure wasn't good. I predict an early and painful demise for the show.

    Tim


I'm with Tim on this one. I didn't make it to the first commercial break before I switched it to the football pregame on ESPN. I sat through all of Still Standing, which I do like, but Alexander was dreadful. He's still George Costanza. I don't think I'll watch it again, despite loving Mr. Tony.
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#8 Posted on 22.9.04 1206.28
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I was watching one of those list shows on VH1 over the summer & they talked about how all of Jerry's co-stars on Seinfeld have failed in each new series they were in. One person commented that each of them tried to revive their old Seinfeld characters in their new shows.

I havent watched this show yet (I'm usually not a big fan of sit-coms), but Jason Alexandar trying to resurect George Costanza doesnt suprise me.
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#9 Posted on 22.9.04 1242.44
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I miss Yes, Dear.
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#10 Posted on 22.9.04 1247.28
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    Originally posted by skorpio17
    I miss Yes, Dear.

It'll be back at mid-season.
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#11 Posted on 22.9.04 1319.57
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I missed it. I tuned in to the wrong network (ABC) just because I was thinking that's where it belonged. Not sayig I watched whatever the heck was on ABC, since I realized it wasn't Tony, but I didn't search out the right network, either...

I did, however, read all about it on odessastep's blog (cheap plug II).
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#12 Posted on 22.9.04 1649.22
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I think the show is hurt, on a certain level, by it not being on ABC.

IF it were, it probably could use all the corporate synergy that one show could hold. I'm not saying that they would be filming on the actual PTI set or anything, but the opportunity for guest stars and what not would be there. And ESPN would promo it to death, like it were the Bob Knight movie or Junction Boys or the World Series of Poker.

And Jason Alexander probably would have been on 5 good minutes Monday night too.
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#13 Posted on 28.9.04 1105.09
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The show's writing would still suck no matter which network it's on. As expected, the second episode was grossly unfunny. I wasn't even watching - I just had it on in the background and it was so bad I couldn't stand to even listen to it.

You'd think they'd have learned by now after the failure of that show based on Dave Barry's writings. Was it called Dave Barry? Well, whatever the case, Listen Up! will be cancelled soon enough to let Yes, Dear take back its rightful spot.
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#14 Posted on 28.9.04 1257.29
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Dave Barry's show was called "Dave's World" and it was harmless fun. I'm a sucker for Harry Anderson, though.

But the fact that people are calling for the return of Yes, Dear (a horrible, horrible show) leads me to believe that Listen Up! must be baaaaad. I'll have to check it out next week.
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#15 Posted on 28.9.04 1414.48
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It's on at the same time as "North Shore" and as bad as that show is, it does have some hot babes and now it even has Shannen Doherty. Check your brain at the door and turn down the sound - an enjoyable pain free way to kill 60 minutes until kickoff.
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#16 Posted on 28.9.04 1504.21
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I miss the days when Boston Public was on at 8 on Monday nights it was a great stupid over the top drama that was the perfect time killer before RAW or MNF. And Listen Up well my Dad is about the biggest Tony K and Seinfeld fan and the look on his face when he told me the show stunk was classic he really wanted it to be good.
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#17 Posted on 28.9.04 1510.55
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    Originally posted by BWT
    I miss the days when Boston Public was on at 8 on Monday nights it was a great stupid over the top drama that was the perfect time killer before RAW or MNF.

I'll agree there. I don't know why FOX sent it to Fridays- the last thing any kid wants to think about on Friday nights is school.
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#18 Posted on 28.9.04 1713.16
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    Originally posted by Roy.
    But the fact that people are calling for the return of Yes, Dear (a horrible, horrible show) leads me to believe that Listen Up! must be baaaaad. I'll have to check it out next week.


Yes, Dear's success? The White Chicks Principle. Unless YOU'VE got a better suggestion...
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#19 Posted on 30.9.04 1300.43
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    Originally posted by Roy.
    But the fact that people are calling for the return of Yes, Dear (a horrible, horrible show) leads me to believe that Listen Up! must be baaaaad. I'll have to check it out next week.


The best thing about Yes, Dear is that Jean Louisa Kelly (Kim Warner) just happens to be one hot chick. So in my opinion for the one reason alone that show can stay on the air for as long as it wants.
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