Television: The Norm Show

Macdonald Buys the Comedy Farm

Maybe Don Ohlmeyer was right. Even though Norm Macdonald was funny on Saturday Night Live and is great when guesting on Howard Stern or David Letterman, it turns out the guy isn't always so entertaining. After Ohlmeyer, NBC's West Coast president, fired him from the anchor desk at SNL's "Weekend Update" last year, Macdonald made the disastrous film Dirty Work. And now this.

On The Norm Show (Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. E.T., ABC), Macdonald, in the least likely scenario since Manimal, plays an ex-hockey player who is avoiding jail by paying off a community-service sentence as a social worker. While Macdonald...

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