By Terry Kelleher
March 19, 2001 12:00 PM

Showtime (Mondays, 10 p.m. ET)

Show of the week


A music star portrays himself in a weekly comedy blending fact and fiction. What have we here—a male version of Bette? No, more like a rock and roll Larry Sanders Show.

Chris Isaak’s TV venture gets off to a slow start March 12 with an episode involving a location shoot for a video. But the series starts to gel March 19, when the singer falls for a policewoman while his trouble-prone keyboardist (a made-up character played for maximum laughs by Jed Rees) pays a high price for parking violations by doing “hard” time on a road-cleanup crew. The fourth episode—in which Chris worries about a sweetly obsessive fan, hires a semipro private eye and jams with Joe Walsh of the Eagles—firmly establishes that this show will be as casually engaging as the man at its center.

Bottom Line: Rocker with a wink