'Momma's Boys': so bad

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December 16, 2008|By DAVID ZURAWIK

The fourth-place network, NBC, shows its unerring instinct for cheapening the prime-time landscape with Momma's Boys, a new reality series debuting at 10 tonight.

The format for this trash-o-rama produced by the great Ryan Seacrest: Three mothers, three sons and 32 single women move into a mansion and act on some of their worst impulses. I say "some" because no one murders anyone - at least not in the pilot.

While one of the mothers is a racist, another seems to give new meaning to the word "suffocating." And then, there is the third mom, who is devoting her life to doing her grown son's shopping, banking and laundry. She's just plain sad.

The 32 single women who are vying to be selected by one of the three men and his mom as Ms. Right include two women who have "modeled" for Playboy and Penthouse magazines, and too many to count who have had breast implants and/or emotional issues. (And they are all only too happy to talk about both.)

Last week, I complained about NBC's plan to turn its 10 p.m. hour over to Jay Leno five nights a week. I take it all back. If this is the alternative, Leno can't arrive soon enough. (10 p.m., WBAL-Channel 11) *

Late-Night Guests: Actor Tom Cruise visits the Late Show with David Letterman. Actor Jim Carrey visits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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