March 12, 1984 12:00 PM

NBC (Fridays, 10 p.m. ET)

Adding a laugh track to this son of Saturday Night Live would be an act of charity. Now the poor studio audience does its best with polite chortles. You couldn’t ask any more of them. For there isn’t much to laugh at in this hour of overlong skits that go nowhere and stay there. Dave (SCTV) Thomas has Carrie Fisher dress up in scanty undies. Fine, but why? In a takeoff on Entertainment Tonight (not as good as the one on SNL recently), Thomas and Buck Henry report on “Ray Kroc, McDead at 81.” Cute but cruel. John (SCTV) Candy as Orson Welles punches out a Ruth Gordon look-alike. Gratifying, granted, but senseless. New Show creator Lorne Michaels should have stuck to his old series, SNL. The only time the show shines is when Steve Martin comes to the rescue as a guest star. “What kind of guy watches The New Show?” he asks. “He likes his sushi well-done.” True.

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