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Homeboys in Outer Space

Homeboys in Outer Space (Tues.(3), 8:30-9 p.m., UPN) Filmed in Burbank by Sweet Lorraine Prods. in association with Touchstone Television. Executive producer, Ehrich Van Lowe; producers, Stan Foster, Miguel A. Nunez Jr., Ted Schachter, Lore Kimbrough; director, Gerry Cohen; script, Jim Bernstein, Michael Shipley; camera, Walter Glover; editor, Mike Galvaldon; art director, Richard Improta; sound, Richard Masci; music, Kevin Guillaume; casting, Chemin S. Bernard. Cast: Flex, Darryl M. Bell, Rhona L. Bennett, Kevin Michael Richardson, Paulette Braxton, Michael K. Colyar, Peter Mackenzie, Kimberly Huie, Gretchen Palmer, John Graham. Give "Homeboys in Outer Space" credit for living up to its title: The new UPN sitcom is a cross between "Star Trek" and "In Living Color." Though no gag seems too low for the show, the writers throw in enough to make the show a potential guilty pleasure. Darryl M. Bell and Flex star as Morris Clay and Tyberius (note the "Star Trek" reference) Walker, two 23rd-century "soldiers of misfortune." They're headquartered at a "Star Wars"-style tavern, Jupiter Too, and travel through space in their junky Space Hoopty, whose on-board computer is the back-talking Loquatia (Rhona L. Bennett). Clay is the relatively straight member of the duo; Walker, the wacky (or, as described by one character, "annoying") one. In the series' second episode, Walker receives a certificate for "firstclass, deluxe accommodations to the pleasure planet Fallopia," which he passes on to Clay as a birthday present. Unknown to both, Fallopians are an all-female society who entrap men for mating purposes, then kill them. (Planet had been called Manslaughterhouse 5, it's explained, "until the marketing people changed the name to appeal to the 18-to-35-year-old male demographic.") It's up to Tyberius and his cohorts to save his friend. Other regulars include Kevin M. Richardson as Vashti, foul-tempered manager of Jupiter Too, who doesn't kill Ty and Morris only because he's married to Ty's formidable (and unseen) sister; Paulette Braxton as Amma, Vashti's beautiful but tough assistant; and Peter Mackenzie, introduced in this episode as fussy busboy Android Lloyd Wellington III (original name, "Android Lloyd Webber," for some reason didn't clear, according to UPN). Flex is more of a personality than an actor at this point, but that's how Will Smith started, and it didn't hurt him any; other actors play it appropriately broadly under Gerry Cohen's direction. Tech credits are again, appropriately cheesy. Todd Everett

Homeboys in Outer Space (Tues.(3), 8:30-9 p.m., UPN) Filmed in Burbank by Sweet Lorraine Prods. in association with Touchstone Television. Executive producer, Ehrich Van Lowe; producers, Stan Foster, Miguel A. Nunez Jr., Ted Schachter, Lore Kimbrough; director, Gerry Cohen; script, Jim Bernstein, Michael Shipley; camera, Walter Glover; editor, Mike Galvaldon; art director, Richard Improta; sound, Richard Masci; music, Kevin Guillaume; casting, Chemin S. Bernard. Cast: Flex, Darryl M. Bell, Rhona L. Bennett, Kevin Michael Richardson, Paulette Braxton, Michael K. Colyar, Peter Mackenzie, Kimberly Huie, Gretchen Palmer, John Graham. Give “Homeboys in Outer Space” credit for living up to its title: The new UPN sitcom is a cross between “Star Trek” and “In Living Color.” Though no gag seems too low for the show, the writers throw in enough to make the show a potential guilty pleasure. Darryl M. Bell and Flex star as Morris Clay and Tyberius (note the “Star Trek” reference) Walker, two 23rd-century “soldiers of misfortune.” They’re headquartered at a “Star Wars”-style tavern, Jupiter Too, and travel through space in their junky Space Hoopty, whose on-board computer is the back-talking Loquatia (Rhona L. Bennett). Clay is the relatively straight member of the duo; Walker, the wacky (or, as described by one character, “annoying”) one. In the series’ second episode, Walker receives a certificate for “firstclass, deluxe accommodations to the pleasure planet Fallopia,” which he passes on to Clay as a birthday present. Unknown to both, Fallopians are an all-female society who entrap men for mating purposes, then kill them. (Planet had been called Manslaughterhouse 5, it’s explained, “until the marketing people changed the name to appeal to the 18-to-35-year-old male demographic.”) It’s up to Tyberius and his cohorts to save his friend. Other regulars include Kevin M. Richardson as Vashti, foul-tempered manager of Jupiter Too, who doesn’t kill Ty and Morris only because he’s married to Ty’s formidable (and unseen) sister; Paulette Braxton as Amma, Vashti’s beautiful but tough assistant; and Peter Mackenzie, introduced in this episode as fussy busboy Android Lloyd Wellington III (original name, “Android Lloyd Webber,” for some reason didn’t clear, according to UPN). Flex is more of a personality than an actor at this point, but that’s how Will Smith started, and it didn’t hurt him any; other actors play it appropriately broadly under Gerry Cohen’s direction. Tech credits are again, appropriately cheesy. Todd Everett

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