Television: Payne

Alas, a Painful Turn in Larroquette's Career

John Larroquette's character is named Royal Payne. He works at a hotel that is called "A Payne Inn." You need no more information to form an opinion about this show.

A remake of John Cleese's classic '70s British sitcom, Fawlty Towers, Payne (Wednesday, 8 p.m. E.T., CBS) stars Larroquette as a cranky, stingy hotelier undermined by his dominating wife (JoBeth Williams) and his own incompetence. If Payne serves any purpose at all, it's to show what a genius Cleese is. In the wrong hands the characters are badly drawn cartoons, the jokes offensive stereotypes and the plots a bad cross...

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