Television: Mean Unlean Machine

Sammo Hung may not look like a TV star, but then he never looked like an action star either

Now, let's see. How many short, overweight, non-English-speaking Chinese martial-arts experts have ever become stars of American television? While no definitive answer is possible, of course, an exhaustive study of the available data suggests that the number is zero. With the arrival of Sammo Hung, however, that figure is about to change. Hung stars in Martial Law, a new CBS drama that airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. E.T. Despite the lack of precedent, the series has won good ratings, and Hung has shown himself to be as appealing as any of TV's other leading men. To keep up with the competition,...

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