×

Head Over Heels

There are more dim bulbs than an old string of Christmas lights in this latest entry by UPN in the sitcom derby. While its stylish and provocative "Silk Stalkings"-type opening is an eye-catcher, the action that follows the credits is strictly a snoozefest. Even Kevin Farley, who mirrors the demeanor of his brother Chris, can't save this effort.

With:
Cast: Peter Dobson, Mitchell Whitfield, Cindy Ambuehl, Eva Larue, Patrick Bristow.

There are more dim bulbs than an old string of Christmas lights in this latest entry by UPN in the sitcom derby. While its stylish and provocative “Silk Stalkings”-type opening is an eye-catcher, the action that follows the credits is strictly a snoozefest. Even an appearance by Kevin Farley, who mirrors the demeanor of his brother Chris, can’t save this effort.

The Head Over Heels dating service is led by two competitive brothers, Jack and Warren Baldwin (Peter Dobson and Mitchell Whitfield, respectively) whose business plan is to “help people find love and make a reasonable profit.”

But their efforts are frequently challenged by their own libidos and a staff of dysfunctional “counselors,” who include Carmen (Eva LaRue) a Ph.D. candidate working on a doctorate in human behavior and sexuality whose comments unintentionally suggest it is a mail-order course, and Ian (Patrick Bristow), whose grating personality is seemingly exacerbated as a result of his vow of celibacy. Valentina (Cindy Ambuehl) is a stripper-turned-receptionist who is the least knuckleheaded of the group — a mindless scribe device to conflict with her stunning good looks.

Series bow finds the staff debating the merits of a new policy prohibiting the firm’s employees from dating clients. The move is tested when Warren takes up with Nikki (Heidi Mark), the agency’s newest — and presumably most desirable — client.

Naturally, the policy is abandoned when Jack catches Warren and Nikki in a post-coital afterglow while sitting on the floor of Warren’s office.

Between Jack’s frequent efforts to pick up on the latest signee (actions which precipitated the unpopular client-dating policy) and the stereotypical swishiness of Ian, who apparently has some underlying issues that will undoubtedly surface in subsequent episodes, scripter Jeff Franklin has given his cast every cliche imaginable to either articulate or act out.

Matthew Diamond’s direction appears to be little more than instructing his cast to respond to everything in the fashion of Sherman Hemsley’s excitable George Jefferson.

Head Over Heels

Tues. (26); 9:30-10 p.m.; UPN

Production: Taped in Los Angeles by Montrose Prods. in assn. with Jeff Franklin Prods. and Columbia TriStar TV. Executive producer, Jeff Franklin; producer, Pamela Putch; co-producer, Andrew Gottlieb; consulting producers, Vince Cheung, Ben Montanio; director, Matthew Diamond; writer, Jeff Franklin.

Crew: Editor, Mike Cole; director of photography, Dan Johnson; production design, Jerry Dunn; sound, Larry Lasota; music, Jonathan Wolff, Paul Buckley.

Cast: Cast: Peter Dobson, Mitchell Whitfield, Cindy Ambuehl, Eva Larue, Patrick Bristow.Guests: Kevin Farley, Heidi Mark, Terri Ivens, Alex Meneses, Karen Dior, Brandi Coppock, Shawna Erickson, Maile Misajon, Anesha Johnson, Natalie Barish, Louisa Abernathy.

More TV

  • 9-1-1: Angela Bassett in the series

    Fox Sees Primetime, Sports Ad Gains As TV Upfront Wraps

    Fox Corporation is the latest to benefit from stronger-than-expected trends in TV ad spending, as the company notched strong gains in advertising commitments for its next cycle of programming – its first since selling off a large chunk of its media assets to Walt Disney. Ad demand was stronger than many executives anticipated, according to [...]

  • Charles Levin Obit

    Missing 'Seinfeld' Actor Charles Levin's Body Believed to be Found

    Oregon authorities believe they have found the body of the missing “Seinfeld” actor Charles Levin. He was 70 years old. According to Associated Press, Levin’s son reported the actor missing from Grants Pass on July 8. On July 12, search and rescue teams determined a search area in a remote area northeast of Selma with [...]

  • Oliver Jackson-Cohen Invisible Man

    ‘Haunting of Hill House’ Star Oliver Jackson-Cohen Returning for ‘Haunting of Bly Manor’

    Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who was recently cast as the titular character in the upcoming Blumhouse-Universal Pictures feature “The Invisible Man,” is set to haunt viewers once more on Netflix. Jackson-Cohen, who starred in “The Haunting of Hill House,” will return to star in the second installment of the Netflix anthology series, titled “The Haunting of Bly Manor.” [...]

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Amazon to Develop 'Jack Reacher' Series

    Watch out Tom Cruise, there’s going to be another Jack Reacher in town. In a competitive situation, Amazon has won the rights to develop a series based on the protagonist from Lee Child’s novels. The series hails from “Scorpion” creator Nick Santora, who will write, showrun and executive produce. Child’s “Jack Reacher” series has sold over [...]

  • Fox News Media Taps Jason Klarman

    Fox News Media Taps Jason Klarman as Executive VP, Marketing

    Jason Klarman, a veteran TV executive who has served stints at NBCUniversal and Fullscreen Media, has been named executive vice president of Fox Corporation’s Fox News Media, and will supervise brand strategy for Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and other assets that are part of the division. Klarman will report to Suzanne Scott, CEO [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content