Wednesday, September 13, 2006

TV preview: The New Adventures of Old Christine

• L.A. Law's Blair Underwood joins Christine for several episodes.

Genre: Sitcom
Logistics: Premiere airs 8:30 p.m. (Central) Monday on CBS.
Premiere verdict: &&&1/2

With an Emmy win under its belt for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Christine has momentum going into its second season, and the premiere episode feels more confident and centered than some from last season. Following the season one finale kiss and apparent departure of New Christine (surely one of the best punch lines this show had going is not permanently gone), ex-hubby Richard (Clark Gregg) is hanging around Christine's house doing projects such as building a laundry room and warming the couch as the two mull the notion of rekindling their relationship. Conflict and hilarity ensues as young Ritchie (Trevor Gagnon, portraying this series' most reliably hilarious character) mistakenly believes his parents are back together, and Christine's brother Matthew (Hamish Linklater), a permanent guest, feels his space threatened. Making the first of at least several appearances is Blair Underwood as Ritchie's fourth-grade teacher who catches the eyes of all the mommies. It's a solid half hour and a reminder of how desperately close Christine is to being really good.

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