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The Dana Carvey Show

Unlike first go-round, there was no trace of the Church Lady here, and only a hint of Hans (or was it Franz?). Instead, Carvey and his crew of writer-sketch comics parodied several TV series and movies, a time-honored format that works fine here.

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Cast: Dana Carvey, Steve Carell, Bill Chott, Stephen Colbert, Heather Morgan, James Stephens III, (announcer) Jim Fagan. Defection of two key sponsors charging bad taste hasn't crippled Dana Carvey, whoannounced with a devilish grin to his Tuesday night audience (the show was taped Sunday), "Welcome to our second show -- wonder if there'll be a third?" Wave of publicity brought on by bailing of Taco Bell and Burger King may have provoked extra tune-ins; Carvey fans shouldn't have been disappointed.

Unlike first go-round, there was no trace of the Church Lady here, and only a hint of Hans (or was it Franz?). Instead, Carvey and his crew of writer-sketch comics parodied several TV series and movies, a time-honored format that works fine here.

Opening production number — cast members touting current sponsor Mug Root Beer — warned that “he better not breast-feed any puppies today” as he did in a segment last week portraying President Clinton. (Saturday’s “Mad TV” showed Bob Dole wearing a nipple ring in an effort to reach young voters, but that was at 11 p.m. and on Fox.)

Highlights included Stephen Colbert as Oliver Stone, promoting his upcoming biopic ofGeorge Washington, starring Antonio Banderas (Carvey). When the Father of Our Country is seen sniffing white powder off a mirror, “Stone” explains, “Washington didn’t have a documented coke problem…. This is an amalgam of several people…. Sometimes you have to put aside specific facts to get to the greater truth.”

Carvey shone especially in parody of Charles Grodin’s CNBC talkfest. Sounding more like Forrest Gump than Grodin, he did manage to duplicate the actor-turned-host’s endless, self-involved, rambling drone, nodding off in the middle of his own monologue. If there was a fault with the bit, it’s that he didn’t take the Grodin parody far enough.

The opening monologue, hockey promo spot and second weekly episode of intentionally inane “Leftover Beatles Memories” fell relatively flat. Tech credits were OK.

The Dana Carvey Show

Production: The Dana Carvey Show (Tues. (19), 9:30-10 p.m., ABC) Videotaped in New York by Brillstein-Grey Communications. Executive producers, Dana Carvey, Robert Smigel; producers, Gregory Sills, Louis C.K.; associate producer, Chris Giordano; segment producer, Chuck Dalaklis; director, John Fortenberry; script, C.K. (supervisor), Steve Carell, Robert Carlock, Carvey, Bill Chott, Stephen Colbert, Jon Glaser, Charlie Kaufman, Heather Morgan, Smigel, Dino Stamatopoulos , Mike Stoyanov; lighting designer, Alan Adelman.

Crew: Editor, Doug Abell; production designer, Daniele Perna; art directors, Chryss Hionis, Erhard Rom, Shaun Motley; sound, Roy Halee Jr.; music, Steven M. Gold, Adam Schlesinger; casting, Gabriela Leff.

With: Cast: Dana Carvey, Steve Carell, Bill Chott, Stephen Colbert, Heather Morgan, James Stephens III, (announcer) Jim Fagan. Defection of two key sponsors charging bad taste hasn't crippled Dana Carvey, whoannounced with a devilish grin to his Tuesday night audience (the show was taped Sunday), "Welcome to our second show -- wonder if there'll be a third?" Wave of publicity brought on by bailing of Taco Bell and Burger King may have provoked extra tune-ins; Carvey fans shouldn't have been disappointed.

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