PUNCHLESS WORN-OUT JOKES LEAVE GEORGE FOREMAN'S SITCOM ON THE ROPES | EW.com

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If you’ve seen George Foreman in his Doritos commercials, you’vealready seen george (ABC, Nov. 5, 8:30-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 8-8:30p.m., beginning Nov. 6), a sitcom in which the boxer plays anex-boxer who opens an after-school center for troubled kids. Georgetrades on the same I’m-just-a-big-softie image Foreman pushes in hisads. The folks behind George, who include co-executive producer TonyDanza, an ex-boxer himself, seem to think that surrounding theboulder-size star with pebble-size children is enough to elicitlaughs. It is not.Foreman plays George Foster, and one way you’re supposed to findFoster amusing is that he is always hungry. But other than trading onForeman’s real- life hungry-man legend, this character quirk doesn’tpay off. Foreman lumbers through the show with a perpetual half grinno matter what the mood of the scene he’s in. It’s as if he can’tstop thinking about what a silly, if lucrative, predicament he hasgotten himself into. Not for long, I’m guessing, George. D+