Newest Lane series won't last

Saturday, June 14, 2003

Don't get too attached to "Charlie Lawrence" (7:30 p.m. Sunday, CBS). The new comedy arrives precanceled, abandoned by its network before it was even launched. Nathan Lane, the Tony Award-winning Broadway star of "The Producers" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," plays the title character, an openly gay former TV star of the fictional series "Do Unto Others" an obvious parody of "Touched by An Angel" who is elected to Congress.

While "Charlie" is a notch or two above "Encore, Encore," Mr. Lane's first sitcom, his approach to comedy still seems too broad for the small screen.

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