Brian Hiatt
June 19, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The new Fox show ”Method & Red” has gotten a negative review — from one of its own costars. Method Man told the Los Angeles Times that the show isn’t what he expected. ”This is frustrating for me,” he told the newspaper. ”I’m trying to keep this show ghetto, and there’s a way for it to be both ghetto and intelligent,” he said. ”But it’s not going that way.” He also criticized the use of a laugh track, and said that the show tries too hard to pander to Middle America. Fox executives declined to respond to Method Man’s comments, according to the Times.

The show, which costars rapper Redman, debuted respectably last week, scoring around 8 million viewers. EW’s Ken Tucker praised the show’s ”geniality,” and the ”Daily Show”’s Beth Littleford’s performance as an uptight neighbor. But he warned that it ”skirts pernicious cliches about rappers as booty-hunting sybarites.”

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