SERIES PREMIERE "Riot"
WHEN | WHERE Tuesday night at 9 on Fox/5
WHAT IT'S ABOUT You know you've been wishing for a sort of improv-comedy "Wipeout," and here it is -- an adrenaline-fueled ad-lib sketch game in which comic players dive into 22-degree-slope mud pits, get yanked to the rafters via hooks in their jumpsuits, and form alphabet letters on the floor like conjoined mimes.
Subjecting themselves to these nonsense stunts are nuts like the premiere's Steve Carell (also a series producer) and "Office" co-star Andy Buckley. (Future faces include Cheryl Hines, Michael Ian Black, Mayim Bialik, D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick.) Four lesser-known laugh-seekers join the star pair in trying to keep their balance (a 22-degree set tilt is more extreme than it sounds), guess movie titles mimed in shadow, or sustain dialogue in which each sentence contains the title of a Michael Jackson song. (Pop culture obsession rewarded!)
Is there anything great here? No. Is it goofy fun? Yes.
BOTTOM LINE Silly fun in the summertime.