References one way or another to Gerald Ford pardoning Richard Nixon, Michael Eisner, lawyer teleblurbs, O.J. Simpson trial Judge Lance Ito, Court TV, “American Gladiators” make no dent; the target audience — kids or adults — won’t find them funny.
Spinoff from “Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs,” first episode plays twice — once in primetime — as part of the Warner Bros. Network as seen locally on Channel 5. It’s a frail debut. “Pinky & the Brain” reach for yuks, but they’re not forthcoming — so far. LaMarche and Paulsen are strong as the voices, but the plot, the in jokes andthe overall concept need retooling.