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  • Great name for a show - execrable execution.

    There seems to be a rule: the more lame and unfunny a sitcom is, the louder and more intrusive the laugh track is. "Hank" had a very loud and rampant laugh track.

    This show has a similar premise as Grammer's last show: Grammer is a very successful person who has a reversal of forture and has to adjust to reduced circumstances.

    In this case, the premise doesn't really make sense - CEOs of companies who lose their jobs through hostile takeovers may be out of a job, but they don't lose everything - they walk away with a boatload of money.

    Perhaps I've just overloaded on Kelsey Grammer's shtick. After 9 years of "Cheers", and 11 years of "Frasier", Grammer's pomposity and general insensitivity to others no longer seems funny.

    The supporting cast is the typical array of quirky characters that sitcom producers throw together is lieu of actual humor. There's the wife who is much too hot for the main character, an obnoxious brother-in-law who is an incompetent general contractor, the moody teen-aged daughter, and an eccentric son who talks like Yoda. Yoda? That might have seemed fresh and funny 25 years ago, but now it seems tired and a little sad.

    I'm sure there will be many moments of the brother-in-law screwing up the house just like Alf and Ralph did in Green Acres 40 years ago. I just won't be seeing it.