A fond farewell to the Frank TV ads

Normally, this would be Miliard's domain, but we have a quick baseball note to pass along: the ALCS matchup between the Red Sox and the Indians will be on Fox, and not, mercifully, on TBS. Which does, sadly, mean a steady diet of those paragons of idiocy and self-righteous indignation, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, but it also means no more ads for Frank Caliendo's TV show, Frank TV, which aired at least twice a commercial break during the TBS broadcasts. And not a moment too soon.

The guy does impressions. Some of them are accurate. Great. We get it. And we know TBS doesn't have a lot to promote. But just last night, we saw his face more times than we saw Eric Wedge, Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu, Joe Torre, Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore, Paul Byrd, Chien-Ming Wang, Rafael Perez, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, and Joe Borowski combined. We don't even think Fox promoted Skin this aggressively in 2003. And here's the kicker: nothing in any of those promos even came close to resembling something that was remotely chuckle-worthy. Also, is it just us, or is it not completely played out in 2007 to be doing imitations of Al Pacino's Devil's Advocate/Scent of a Woman characters and Robert DeNiro's Goodfellas/Analyze This characters? Does Caliendo do Christopher Walken and William Shatner, too? Because that sounds like it'd be fresh and edgy and unique! Watch it, sports fans!

We'd like to believe the guy is funnier than what we saw. But we did some research and saw that his previous credits essentially consist of MadTV, Mind of Mencia, and the Fox NFL Pre-Game Show, where what passes for biting wit is a crack about Jimmy Johnson's hair or Terry Bradshaw's chrome dome. And so we feel comfortable saying this: what we saw in the ads is probably as good as it gets. Just don't tell that to Peter King.

Although, maybe it does get worse: Joe Buck is developing a late-night comedy show.

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