Article from: "Get Smart"
by Adam Sandler Variety January 10, 1995
Get Smart, Sundays, 7:30-8, FOX
Filmed in Los Angeles by HBO Independent
Prods. in association with Fox Broadcasting Co. Executive producers, Vic
Kaplan, Lawrence Gay, Michael J. DiGaetano; producer, Leo J. Clark; director,
Nick Marck; writers, Gay, DiGaetano; camera, Robert Primes; editor, John
Murray; production designer, Waldemar Kalinowski; art director, Barry
Kingston; sound, Agamemnon Andrianos; music, James J. Covell.
Cast: Don Adams, Andy Dick, Elaine Hendrix, Marcus Redmond, Barbara Feldon,
Peter Crombie, Richard Riehle, Jeff Nowinski, Tony Longo, McNally Sagal.
Would you believe there is very little
to laugh about in this return of "Get Smart?" It's a decidedly
unfunny undertaking that could have clearly benefited from some input from
Buck Henry or at the very least a phone call from Mel Brooks.
The series premiere is likely to leave viewers disappointed by this
untriumphant return of bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart (Don Adams), whose
organization, CONTROL, is once again pitted against KAOS in the never-ending
struggle of good and evil.
The original series ran 1965-70, with the Smart character first
revived for the 1980 feature film "The Nude Bomb." While this new
series doesn't quite implode like "The Nude Bomb," Maxwell Smart
seemingly only resurfaces when the fashion world is at risk. Much like the
film, Sunday's seg has Smart and his charges endeavoring to save the fashion
world -- in this instance, by protecting a dress designer's indestructible
fabric, called Detracalon; if Kaos gets the dress, it could result in the
decline of the gross national product.
In this update for the '90s, Smart has become chief of Control while his wife,
Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon), is now a congresswoman on the committee that
oversees the org's budget.
The pair try to guide their son Zach (Andy Dick), a dorky researcher for
Control, into the world of espionage after dad elevates him to agent status.
Zach is teamed with shapely Agent 66 (Elaine Hendrix) to protect a dress made
of the unique fabric during a fashion show, and in the process seek out the
scheming Kaos agents trying to steal the design.
Adams expectedly has the Smart demeanor down cold, and Feldon, who hasn't
changed a lick in the 25 years since the first series went off the air,
doesn't miss a beat when interacting with the chief.
Dick's cartoonish Zach is at times too silly, but reminiscent of what endeared
viewers to the original TV series, while Hendrix is grating and unfunny.
Under Nick Marck's direction, the jokes lay there like many of Smart's and
Zach's pratfalls, and writers Michael J. Digaetano and Lawrence Gay don't seem
to have nailed the rhythm of the familiar CONTROL/KAOS dance.
The scribes also try to induct a few catch phrases of their own into the
lexicon, with Zach frequently uttering "That didn't hurt" when he's
not regurgitating "and loving it"-- the latter a remark that is not
likely to come from Fox execs when the ratings are delivered.
I'd like to give a big thanks to Ryan Schroer who
provided this article!!! J