Viewers of his mid-season prime-time series are about to discover what viewers of his syndicated talk show already know: Montel Williams is an actor.
In fact, the new CBS hour "Matt Waters" is in some ways an extension of "The Montel Williams Show," the latter being part soapbox from which the Great Bald Hope aims didactic darts at the subculture wretches he exploits while serving them up to daytime audiences.
A Navy Seal-turned-high-school-teacher, Matt Waters also cannot resist contorting every life experience into smug sanctimony. His facile solutions to complex problems surface as bumper-sticker bromides, whether he's informing his unruly underclass students that "education pays"--try dropping that pearl on dropouts making big wads from selling drugs--or lecturing a wayward teen about "what you coulda been."
The intent is noble, but the truisms and pontification are so relentless and merciless that Williams, a former motivational speaker, may motivate viewers to gag. Just why Matt's teaching colleagues don't is a mystery. As is just how he was able to sail from pensioned Seal to know-it-all, spit-and-polish science teacher at his alma mater without any apparent educational training.