The Bronx Bunny Show
Empty8 p.m., Wednesday, April 18
If Howard Stern's show was done with puppets (and it attracted much better guests), it might look like "The Bronx Bunny Show," the leadoff program in a new one-hour original comedy block on Starz.
The show, filled with blue language, scatological humor and loads of lowbrow laughs, had a cult following in the U.K. after it premiered in 2003. Starz ordered 10 new episodes and moved the crude Bunny from the Bronx to a shabby apartment in East Los Angeles. The cross-country trek hasn't altered the style of the Bronx Bunny, clad in pimp attire and voiced by Ciaran Morrison, or his foul-mouthed sidekick Teddy T., voiced by Mick O'Hara.
In the episode supplied for review, the guests are "Deal or No Deal" host Howie Mandel and World Wrestling Entertainment star and pinup Stacy Keibler, who appeared in the second season of "Dancing With the Stars." Mandel, an acknowledged germophobic, was comically ill at ease seated on a couch with residue from porn stars who had been there the previous week. Those who know Mandel only from "Deal" might be surprised to see a cruder version of the game show host, one that is bound to make the rounds on the Internet.
The show is exec produced by Chuck LaBella and Ronan McCabe from Double Z Enterprises, an Irish production company. The other two new series that comprise the hour are "Head Case," in which celebrities seek treatment from Dr. Elizabeth Goode (Alexandra Wentworth), and "Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-up," hosted by Doug Williams, who presents a new comic each week.