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Scorch aired from February until March 1992 on CBS.

Brian Stevens ( Jonathan Walker) was a single parent and struggling actor in New Haven, Connecticut, whose world was turned upside down when Scorch ( trained by Ronn Lucas) entered his life. Scorch, a 1,300-year-old dragon with an attitude, had recently awakened from a long sleep to find that he seemed to be the only one of his kind alive , at least in New Haven. He flew into the window of Brian's apartment and immediately endeared himself to Brian's daughter, Jessica ( Rhea Silver-Smith), but not to her father. When Brian took him along in a tote bag ( don't ask why) to a job interview as weatherman on WWEN-TV's News at Noon, Scorch popped out of the bag and convinced station manager Jack Fletcher ( Todd Susman) that he was Brian's ventriloquist's dummy. Fletcher thought the " vantriloquist" and his talking miniature dragon made a cute team and hired them for the job. Others working at the station were Howard ( John O'Hurley), the stuffy news anchorman; Allison ( Brenda Strong), the sexy coanchor; and Robin ( Lauren Katz), who worked on the production team. Edna Bracken ( Rose Marie), Brian's landlady , was convinced he was hiding a pet in his apartment and kept barging in trying to find it.

The viewing audience apparently didn't find this fantasy to their liking, and neither did the programming executives at CBS. They yanked it from the schedule after only three episodes had aired.

A Review from entertainment Weekly

A Review from the Baltimore Sun

CBS' 'Scorch' can't hold a candle to a show as clever as the old 'ALF'
February 28, 1992|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,Television Critic

Tonight CBS introduces two new shows -- "Scorch" at 8 and "Fish Police" at 8:30 on Channel 11. And all I can say is: Bring back ALF. Please, oh please, bring back the old ALF-meister.

For those with short memories, ALF was the star of the show, "ALF," which premiered on NBC in the fall of 1986. ALF was a robo-dog from outer space who crash-landed in the garage of a perfectly square sitcom family when his planet, Melmac, exploded. ALF and his girlfriend, Rhonda, lost each other after the intergalactic explosion, and it was a constant source of heartache for the little fellow.

The show was a hit almost from the start. It worked on two levels -- for kids and adults. Almost immediately, it made the top 20 in Nielsen ratings. And, after a couple of years, critics started raving about its postmodern sensibility: It was a sitcom with a character in it, ALF, who continually undercut and mocked the very sitcom genre the way David Letterman mocks the talk show from within.

So, what happens? In 1990, ALF slips a little, and, bang, NBC cancels it. But how do they cancel it? They kill the show after the first part of an announced two-part cliffhanger in which ALF is left standing in a field surrounded by police from the Alien Task Force while Rhonda hovers in a spaceship overhead.

Do I sound upset? I am upset. I bond with ALF for four years and I'm left hanging by the network this way. This is one reason people come to hate networks.

OK, I'll calm down. I'm calm.

So now what happens? CBS introduces a low-rent ALF with this "Scorch." It's a four-foot (same size as ALF) dragon (looks like a robo-dog to me) that crash-lands (didn't ALF?) in the arms of a kid. And then they promote it so much during the Olympics that you expect to see the dragon on figure skates.

I know, I'm not being fair. Go ahead, watch it. Be fickle. At 8, I'm starting a special ALF Festival. I'm watching all 22 episodes from the first season back to back, don an inky cloak and quote Hamlet about "what a great falling off there was" in network TV.

Oh, yeah, "Fish Police." See, I'm OK. I'm under control.

"Fish Police" is a animated series about fish who are members of the police squad in Fish City -- just as "Capital Critters" is an animated series about critters. "Fish Police" is almost as interesting as "Capital Critters," which means if you are pushing 8- or 9 years old, you'll think it's tedious.

The big hook here is the voices of the fish are those of John Ritter, Ed Asner and other celebrities.

Let's see, by 8:30 when "Fish Police" premieres, I'll just be getting into the second episode where ALF stumbles into contact with Rhonda on Willie's ham radio. Help me, Rhonda.

A Review from Entertainment Weekly


Ken Tucker
March 13, 1992 at 05:00 AM EST

Scorch is a green dragon about the size of a bowling-ball bag who speaks perfect English (the creature is actually a puppet, but CBS won’t tell anyone who supplies its voice). Hit by lightning, Scorch accidentally flies into the New Haven, Conn., apartment of Brian Stevens (Jonathan Walker), a single, unemployed-actor father living with his young daughter, Jessica (One Good Cop‘s Rhea Silver-Smith). Brian then gets a job as a TV weatherman by passing himself off as a ventriloquist with Scorch as his dummy. The TV station thinks it’s a ratings-grabbing novelty.

In fact, Scorch is just a variation on ALF. Even though the perfectly good Silver-Smith delivers the line ”Daddy, I think he’s funny!” this dragon is not. He’s just another sitcom wiseacre-and an obnoxious adolescent one at that: ”I’m only 1,300 years old,” says Scorch. ”I’m just a teenager — I don’t even shave under my wings yet.” That’s a typical joke. Except for Silver-Smith, there isn’t an ounce of charm in Scorch; any adult unlucky enough to glimpse the show will note the presence of The Dick Van Dyke Show‘s Rose Marie, playing Brian’s apartment-building landlady. She doesn’t have any funny lines either. D-

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