Short Takes: Nov. 30, 1992


Terror in Studio B

GET READY FOR SOME IRREVERENT, down-and-dirty TV satire, promises the new ABC sitcom THE JACKIE THOMAS SHOW. Created by TV's terror couple, Roseanne and Tom Arnold, the show revolves around the egotistical star (Tom Arnold) of a network sitcom. But it is surprisingly conventional and toothless. Staffers quake at the mere thought of a meeting with Jackie, but he turns out to be an easily manipulated dunce. The inside-TV humor is too familiar, as are the supporting players (Martin Mull, Alison LaPlaca). Even Arnold's performance has the whiff of a recycled Dave Thomas character from SCTV....

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