October 28, 2002 12:00 PM

CBS (Sundays, 8:30 p.m. ET)

Figuring any new series is entitled to one mistake, I decided to watch more of this sitcom after a strikingly tasteless premiere in which lecherous novelist Bram (Alfred Molina) set about seducing much younger Alice (Traylor Howard) before realizing she was his long-lost daughter. So what’s in the episode due Oct. 27? Bram tries to pay off a gambling debt to a piggy, middle-aged clothier by conning Alice into going out with him. When Bram’s assistant (Roger Bart) asks the author if he’s “pimping” his daughter, comedy is presumably intended. Molina (Chocolat) is capably acerbic, but he can’t save this misbegotten show.

Bottom Line: Embarrassing family affair

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