By Terry Kelleher
October 16, 2000 12:00 PM

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

David Letterman’s production company had a hand in this new sitcom, and the lead character is Letter-manesque in that he’s an ex-Indiana weatherman. Judging from the Oct. 11 premiere, though, he’s not going to be funny like Dave. Jim Gaffigan (portrayed by an actor-comedian who happens to be named Jim Gaffigan) takes a big-league TV gig on a New York City morning show and immediately begins functioning as Middle American straight man to such strange Manhattan specimens as the arrogant but insecure executive producer (Christine Baranski) and an egotistical anchorman (Rocky Carroll) who feels threatened by the newcomer’s eyewear. As she did on Cybill, Baranski plays a-showy part to the hilt, and Carroll earns the pilot’s biggest laughs. But Gaffigan needs to do more than blink at them with incredulous unease.

Bottom Line: Tentative welcome