April 07, 2004

The Joel Stein Show Returns From Hiatus

Fans who miss Joel Stein’s back-page column in Entertainment Weekly (okay, maybe two or three people besides me) are in luck, as the ubiquitous “I Love the ‘80s”/”Best Week Ever” panelist has created a new sitcom, based on his own life.

Since Stein is too busy pontificating on VH1 to star as himself, the Stein surrogate will instead be played by Colin Hanks, Tom’s son who starred in “Orange County.” And despite Hanks’ appearance in the not-so-friendly-to-the-Germans “Band of Brothers,” I’m thinking the denizens of Deutchland will forgive him, because of who his co-star is: David Hasselhoff.

Joining Hanks Jr. and Michael Knight on the show will be Sharon Lawrence (“NYPD Blue”), Sheryl Lee Ralph of “Moesha” fame, and Roger Rees, who played Robin Colcord on “Cheers. (Much like Dan "Nick Tortelli" Hedaya, I'll never buy Rees/Colcord in any other role for as long as he lives.)

With a cast like that, the Stein show could even be better than the Jason Alexander/Tony Kornheiser sitcom. But probably not.

Posted by Stephen Silver at April 7, 2004 09:41 PM
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