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Townsend Television

Robert Townsen d's entry into series television is filled with wry wit and acerbic writing, a blend that is sure to invite comparison to "In Living Color," the groundbreaking

Robert Townsen d’s entry into series television is filled with wry wit and acerbic writing, a blend that is sure to invite comparison to “In Living Color,” the groundbreaking

series launched by the fledgling Fox network several years ago.

But Townsend’s take on comedy is far more creative and much less vitriolic.

The hourlong broadcast was a deftly mixed blend of comedy and music. Sketches and shorts spoofing popular films allow Townsend to put his considerable theatrical experience into play. The musical segments were equally well-planned, the debut filled with some of the best voices in the industry. Townsend also acts as a seasoned ringmaster expertly guiding the diverse elements into a cohesive package.

Energy, style and writing are top-notch and help the fast-paced show soar.

Townsend Television

(Sun. (12), 7-8 p.m., Fox)

  • Production: Produced by Tinsel Townsend Prods. for Fox Broadcasting Co. Exec producers, Robert Townsend, Loretha Jones; producer, Kimber Rickabaugh; directors, Paul Miller, Townsend; writers, Franklyn Ajaye, Barry Douglas, Townsend.
  • Cast: Cast: Townsend, John Witherspoon, Barry Diamond, Paula Jai Parker, Roxanne Beckford. Guests: Shanice, Vesta, the O'Jays, Howard Hewitt, Billy Valentine, Howard Johnson, Frank McCombs.