Upon its fifth anniversary, HBO's comedy series "Not Necessarily the News" has come up with another hourlong special edition. This one, "Not Necessarily the Year in Review," like the series itself in recent times, is not necessarily funny.
"Review," which debuted Wednesday night on the cable channel and airs again Saturday at 10 p.m. with other playdates through Jan. 31, seems like it couldn't miss. Remember, now, 1987 was the year that sported, among other subjects ripe for spoofing, the three Bs--Biden, Bork and the Bakkers. Somehow, though, the show does miss--again and again and again.
Hosted by the "Not Necessarily" team--Anne Bloom, Danny Breen, Stuart Pankin and Lucky Webb--and including the usual combination of actual news footage and faked shots, the program delivers dumb jokes, old jokes (mixing up "Star Wars" the movie and "Star Wars" the arms plan), silly jokes, all-too-easy jokes (following a reference to Donna Rice's ads for No Excuses jeans with a phony one of Gary Hart hawking a "No Morals" brand) and non-jokes.
Especially non-jokes. The deadly material might have been overcome at least once in a while if there were one good comedian among the show's cast.