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TV Notes: Crude 'Kid Notorious' plays inside baseball

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

Comedy Central's "Kid Notorious" (10:30 p.m. tomorrow) is a crude cartoon that's occasionally clever, but never as smart as "South Park." What humor exists is so inside Hollywood, its appeal is likely to be severely limited.

Kid Notorious is the nickname of Hollywood producer Robert Evans, who voices the title character, essentially playing himself. Evans was a mover and shaker in the '70s, producing "The Godfather" and "Chinatown," but he's certainly not a familiar face to the young men in Comedy Central's target audience.

In the series premiere, Evans produces a hip-hop version of "The Godfather" for Broadway, but cast members -- rival gang members from the Bloods and Crips -- keep shooting one another.

Evans is surrounded by his staff, including the butler English (voiced by Evans' real-life butler, Alan Selka) and housekeeper Tollie Mae (actress Niecy Nash from "Reno 911!"). He's also got a sidekick, his cat, Puss.

The funniest lines in "Kid Notorious" are also the raunchiest. Sharon Stone pulls out of an Evans film to star in a Broadway version of "The Vagina Monologues" in which she plays all the roles. She calls it "Sharon Stone's Vagina," which launches a bevy of jokes about Stone's revealing appearance in "Basic Instinct."

"We've all seen it," Evans says. "It can't act either."

There's no question the cartoon version of Evans is a hip old coot, but is there any reason for viewers outside of Southern California to care?

More local 'Elimidate' episodes

WCWB will air several more episodes of the syndicated dating show "Elimidate" that were shot in Pittsburgh this past summer.

Tune in at 11 p.m. today, tomorrow, Thursday and Oct. 29 and 30 to see Pittsburghers on dates at various locations around town.

McIntire finale edited

John McIntire's commentary on his final episode of PCNC's "NightTalk" was edited before air by station management. The finale was taped instead of broadcast live.

One edited portion contained references to local public figures and implied that they were gay. In another cut line, McIntire implied that a public figure was unfaithful to his wife.

Station manager Mark Barash said several portions of the commentary were edited because he was uncomfortable with some of the content.

McIntire said he intentionally took "every tasteless joke I'd ever had and put it into one commentary, emphasis on the word 'joke.' "

"For whatever reason, on the last day they got paranoid," McIntire said. "It's their candy store and they have to do what they have to do. Yes, I would prefer to never be censored my whole life, but everybody has editors. But I've got to admit, after seven years of not being edited once, it's even weirder."

The same commentary was broadcast unedited Friday morning during McIntire's segment on the WDVE-FM (102.5) morning show.


Rob Owen can be reached at rowen@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2582. Post questions or comments to www.post-gazette.com/tv under TV Forum.

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