Review: ‘Pointman What’s Amore Got to Do with It’

This syndicated series from Warner Bros. is billed as an action adventure, but the hero only throws a few punches in the premiere episode. Without enough action for younger audiences or enough plot for the "Matlock" crowd, the show's target audience is hard to figure.

This syndicated series from Warner Bros. is billed as an action adventure, but the hero only throws a few punches in the premiere episode. Without enough action for younger audiences or enough plot for the “Matlock” crowd, the show’s target audience is hard to figure.

Jack Scalia (“Dallas”) plays Constantine (Connie) Harper, a former Wall Street banker who did time on a bogus fraud charge. After being exonerated, he buys a beachfront restaurant and becomes a sort of Mr. Fix-it for anyone in trouble.Connie sees things in investment banking terms, and he’s also street-smart.

With little exposition or context, the premise is poorly fleshed-out. Likable but limited episode is a spoof on the mob. Two dons ask Connie to negotiate a deal: the arranged marriage of their kids. Without this union a war will ensue.

Problem is gluttonous Tony and lovely Gina aren’t in love. Connie persuades the kids to fake

it for the good of their families. Connie uncovers the traitor and brokers peace.

Innocuous stuff. Sophomoric touches such as Tony pigging out in an Italian restaurant and defending Oprah Winfrey’s diet tips are good for a smile.

The hour starts out with promise as parody, but there’s nothing to hang on to. Richard Compton’s direction falters during the stilted church scene.

Plot isn’t the strong suit of Garner Simmons’ script; it does have a bit of humor: “This was to be the most important wedding since Frank and Barbara.”

Scalia holds up his end of things, yet you can’t really get a handle on the character with all the silliness. He sounds like a mobster, so maybe he’s a chameleon.

Michael Genovese and Louis Giambalvo camp it up as the dons. Lawrence Tierney (“Reservoir Dogs”) has a nice cameo as a retired consiglieri who quotes Kurt Vonnegut and “The Godfather.”

Tech credits are passable. The Jacksonville locale isn’t inspiring, and cheesy Italian music is used to enforce the mob stereotypes.

While “Pointman” has some charm, the producers need to inject more substance.

Pointman What's Amore Got to Do with It

(Fri. (27), 8-9 p.m., KCOP)

Production

Filmed in Jacksonville by Pointman Prods. in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer, Maurice Hurley; co-executive producer, Stephen Hattman; producer, Elliot Friedgen; co-producers, John Burnett, Bill Froehlich; created by Hurley, Joel Surnow; director, Richard Compton; story, Marvin Kupfer; writer, Garner Simmons.

Crew

Camera, Tom Lohmann; editor, Randy Nelson; production designer, Brent Swift; art director, Adam Lustig; sound, Tim Himes; music, Dale Menten.

Cast

Cast: Jack Scalia, Michael Genovese, Louis Giambalvo, Lawrence Tierney, Joe Maruzzo, John Scurti, Elisa Leonetti, Steve Zurk, Juliana Ponti, Tommy Canary, Kristin Bauer.
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