Dumb and Dumber

Is a new sitcom set in the Civil War in bad taste? No, it's just plain old bad

The people responsible for The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer--a moronic sitcom scheduled to make its debut on UPN this week unless the network experiences a late and totally unprecedented attack of good taste, common sense and plain old decency--describe it as a "high concept" period comedy. That must mean they were smoking some dynamite stuff when they dreamed it up.

No one, not even in Hollywood, would have ventured out with a show based on the preposterous premise that during the Civil War, an English nobleman of Moorish descent somehow winds up in America, where he maneuvers himself into a...

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