You'd think it wouldn't be that hard for local TV to exploit planet L.A.'s infinitely renewable supply of cultural lunacy--if even only for a few laughs. But apparently it is.
"Tomorrow Is Monday," KTLA Channel 5's new weekly half-hour series seen Sundays at 9:30 p.m., tries to provoke a few chuckles and provide some off-beat entertainment with its mix of musical guests, parodies and video hikes into the L.A. far-out back.
But though this week's show is a vast improvement over last week's clunky, unfunny debut, its attempt to parody local "Eye on L.A." magazine shows can't begin to match the unintentional humor of the real thing.
Likable, self-deprecating host Eric Boardman (a six-year Los Angeles TV vet whose name begs for cheap shots) has a relaxed, slightly twisted, David Lettermanish quality about him. It comes in handy Sunday night when trying to keep a straight face while interviewing contestants at a Betty Boop pageant, hopefuls at the L.A. Raiderette tryouts and fans attending a concert performance by an Elvis Presley impersonator.