The commercials for NBC's "Walter and Emily" promise that the title couple will be in the tradition of Archie and Edith and Ralph and Alice. Talk about your tough acts to follow.
But, from a career standpoint, the show's stars, Brian Keith and Cloris Leachman, don't have tough acts to follow. Mr. Keith's last series was the CBS disaster "Heartland." Ms. Leachman's last prime-time outing was the Mel Brooks flop "Nutt House" (NBC, 1989).
Can "Walter and Emily" be worse than either of those? No, but it's just as bad.
Forget about laughs. There's hardly a smile in this sitcom, which NBC will premiere tomorrow night at 8:30 (Channel 2). A far scream from Archie and Edith Bunker, Walter and Emily Collins will remind you more of a senior citizen version of Al and Peg Bundy.