Hotel sitcom rates zero stars

By Kevin McDonough

United Feature Syndicate

Here’s a quick tip: Do not watch "Do Not Disturb" (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14). This sitcom appears dead on arrival. Brain dead, at least.

Niecy Nash, who brings a sassy if predictable energy to the Style Network series "Clean House," stars here as the manager of a New York hotel staffed by a group of stereotypes with overactive libidos and a need to share their vapid thoughts in obvious and easily anticipated punch lines.

The action begins with a vulgar contrivance and goes downhill from there. A former employee has written an article for a local magazine alleging that he had a wild affair with a manager of the hotel. This sparks a guessing game that forces manager Rhonda (Nash) to conduct an awkward seminar on sexual propriety in the workplace. This, in turn, leads to a Niagara Falls of bad one-liners from the staff, including the player, Neal (Jerry O’Connell); Larry (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), the nerdy gay guy with glasses; the dumb blonde model wannabe, Nicole (Molly Stanton); and Molly (Jolene Purdy), the fat girl with secrets.


None of the actors seems challenged by, or terribly comfortable with, these paper-thin roles, but O’Connell appears to be the most wasted actor here and would be most liberated by the quick and painless demise of this dreadful enterprise.

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Late night

Meg Ryan and Paul Weller appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) … Jay Leno hosts Matthew McConaughey, T. Boone Pickens and Al Green on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC) … Martin Short and Solange Knowles appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:05 p.m., ABC) … Curtis Jackson chats on "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC) … Craig Ferguson hosts Alice Cooper and AnnaLynne McCord on "The Late, Late Show" (11:37 p.m., CBS).

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