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The High Life

The High Life (Sat. (9), 10-10:30 p.m., HBO) Filmed in New York by Worldwide Pants Inc. for HBO Original Programming. Executive producers, David Letterman, Robert Morton, Adam Resnick; producer, Denis Biggs; directed by Peter Lauer; written by Resnick; director of photography, Michael Trim; production designer, Akira Yoshimura; music, John Colby; casting, Bernard Telsey Casting. Cast: Mark Wilson, Robert Joy, Betsy Aidem, Ernie Grunwald, Duke Moosekian, Steve Mellor. A production of David Letterman's Worldwide Pants, "The High Life" will follow HBO's popular "Larry Sanders Show," though probably not for long. Stylishly shot in black-and-white, the show is set in Pittsburgh in the '50s. It's as phony as the Wonder Bread sitcoms "Father Knows Best," "Leave It to Beaver" that it means to turn on their ears. Doughy Mark Wilson and dour Robert Joy play Earl and Emmett, partners in a failing warehouse. Earl's forever scheming to get rich quick and being suckered into any dumb scheme that comes along. Emmett is more pragmatic, which makes his continued willingness to play Andy to Earl's Kingfish something of a puzzlement. In the first episode, for example, Earl rents out the warehouse to a stranger who uses the space for a Klan rally. They end up joining in just to speed things along so the sheeted ones and their Nazi paraphernalia will be removed before a black friend and his minister come along. Isn't that a riot? Next, Earl buys a load of fake Daniel Boone caps, only to find them difficult to unload. By this time,you realize Earl and Emmett will never get rich; worse, they'll never get funny, either. The blue language in Adam Resnick's scripts "Nobody appreciates church folk more'n me," Earl says, "I pray my ass off every damn night" is as unlikely as the social commentary "Fascists make communists look like the June Taylor dancers," Emmett notes. Former Letterman aide de camp Robert Morton, billed as an executive producer in the premiere, was gone by episode two. Me, too. Jeremy Gerard

The High Life (Sat. (9), 10-10:30 p.m., HBO) Filmed in New York by Worldwide Pants Inc. for HBO Original Programming. Executive producers, David Letterman, Robert Morton, Adam Resnick; producer, Denis Biggs; directed by Peter Lauer; written by Resnick; director of photography, Michael Trim; production designer, Akira Yoshimura; music, John Colby; casting, Bernard Telsey Casting. Cast: Mark Wilson, Robert Joy, Betsy Aidem, Ernie Grunwald, Duke Moosekian, Steve Mellor. A production of David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants, “The High Life” will follow HBO’s popular “Larry Sanders Show,” though probably not for long. Stylishly shot in black-and-white, the show is set in Pittsburgh in the ’50s. It’s as phony as the Wonder Bread sitcoms “Father Knows Best,” “Leave It to Beaver” that it means to turn on their ears. Doughy Mark Wilson and dour Robert Joy play Earl and Emmett, partners in a failing warehouse. Earl’s forever scheming to get rich quick and being suckered into any dumb scheme that comes along. Emmett is more pragmatic, which makes his continued willingness to play Andy to Earl’s Kingfish something of a puzzlement. In the first episode, for example, Earl rents out the warehouse to a stranger who uses the space for a Klan rally. They end up joining in just to speed things along so the sheeted ones and their Nazi paraphernalia will be removed before a black friend and his minister come along. Isn’t that a riot? Next, Earl buys a load of fake Daniel Boone caps, only to find them difficult to unload. By this time,you realize Earl and Emmett will never get rich; worse, they’ll never get funny, either. The blue language in Adam Resnick’s scripts “Nobody appreciates church folk more’n me,” Earl says, “I pray my ass off every damn night” is as unlikely as the social commentary “Fascists make communists look like the June Taylor dancers,” Emmett notes. Former Letterman aide de camp Robert Morton, billed as an executive producer in the premiere, was gone by episode two. Me, too. Jeremy Gerard

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