Mike Remlinger of the Cubs on Houston’s Lance Berkman pretending he was struck in the head by Remlinger’s pitch during a game last weekend: ”I thought it was chicken [blank]. You think you’ve put someone in the hospital and then you find out he’s faking. I wish we were playing them again tomorrow.”
KORN SCORN: The new CBS sitcom, "Listen Up," which is based on the life of ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser and premiered last night, has already been savaged by televison critics.
Jason Alexander portrays the Kornheiser-based Tony Kleinman, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner plays his "Shut Up and Listen" talk show sidekick Bernie Widmer.
A sampling of the rancorous reviews:
Preston Turegano of the SAN DIEGO-TRIBUNE leads off with this analysis: "(Listen Up is) saddled with a heavy, annoying laugh track and about as funny as flea infestation." USA TODAY’s Robert Bianco writes Alexander attempts to be "convincing as a witty sports-show host, gifted writer, beloved husband and loving father – all while moving from annoying to endearing. He shows no signs of being able to carry off any of those tasks." Virginia Heffernan of the NEW YORK TIMES writes the show is "merely a rickety vehicle for Jason Alexander, whose Tony is a smug jerk with a talk show, a comb-over, a newspaper column and an inexplicably supportive, attractive family. … The banality of this setup suggests the hundred reasons that people keep saying sitcoms are over." David Bianculli of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS writes the program "is a huge waste of some very big acting talent. … The humor in ‘Listen Up’ is not inspired at all – and Kornheiser is partly to blame, because he’s credited as a creator on the show."
The NEW YORK POST’s Linda Stasi says the show "comes off as the Frank Sinatra Jr. of sportswriter sitcoms – the original (‘Everybody Loves Raymond’) makes the offspring look not so original after all."
Barry Garron of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER reports, "Jason Alexander once again finds himself as the star of an unappealing, clumsily written comedy." The CHICAGO TRIBUNE’s Sid Smith writes Alexander’s performance "is boring and dull-normal, unlike his amusing antics on ‘Seinfeld.’ He commits that deadly sitcomic sin: blandness." Phil Rosenthal of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES piles on: "Alexander isn’t funny, clever, charming or interesting as Kornheiser. … One drawback here is that the show’s writers want to incorporate some of George Costanza into Kleinman, and it just doesn’t work. … Very little in this effort is believable on any level."