These 'Brothers' think about more than parties


September 11, 1997|By David Zurawik

The two best things that can be said about "Between Brothers" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) are that Kadeem Hardison stars and that it's better than your average Fox sitcom about young black men.

Hardison, formerly of "A Different World," plays Charles Winston, one of four former fraternity brothers in their 20s living in Chicago.

Instead of screaming out punch lines and making stupid faces, like Martin Lawrence, Hardison can act enough to make you believe in, if not actually care about, his character, a young sports writer working at a local newspaper.

It's a further step in the right direction that in tonight's pilot, two of the characters are shown putting some time and effort into their jobs rather than just sitting around the apartment watching TV, fantasizing about sex or trying to organize a party -- the usual full-time occupations of young men on Fox.

The problem with the show -- and it's a big one -- is that the writing is so uninspired. Tonight's story line is about Charles' brother, James (Dondre T. Whitfield), becoming upset when he's not the person designated to be called "in case of an emergency" on a health application by Charles.

There's enough acting talent and potential to make the pilot worth checking out. But it is going to have to get better in the script department real fast to keep viewers coming back.

Pub Date: 9/11/97

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