Arts, Entertainment, Living
"South Park" worked for Comedy Central, can another homemade-looking comedy work for Syfy? The network makes its attempt at low-cost comedy with "Outer Space Astronauts" (9:30 p.m. tomorrow).
Basically it's a computer animated show with live-action video heads on characters' animated bodies. That's likely not the biggest distraction, at least for Pittsburgh viewers: Commander Dick Amos (Adam Clinton, pictured in foreground) bears a resemblance to Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. And Amos is the show's hero, which is likely to throw off some folks.
Amos reports to Captain Bruce Ripley (Russell Barrett, the show's creator), who looks and behaves like a Jim Belushi character, hanging in his bar at the back of the bridge.
Other characters include a ditzy communications officer, a hot-shot pilot, an intern and a mechanic.
It's intermittently funny in a frat boy kind of way but it's not as clever or thoughtful as "South Park" and plenty of other TV comedies.