Don Rickles takes a serious
turn in "The Wool Cap."
Carl Reiner voices Sarmoti, right,
to John Goodman's Larry,
on "Father of the Pride."
plays St. Nick opposite
Crystal Bernard in
"Single Santa Seeks
Noah Wyle takes
a break from
Ed Asner plays
an oversexed father
on "Center of the
This, ill's television lineup includes Jewish faces
mostly fiimiliar but with a few newcomers.
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"Father of the Pride'; NBC; 9p.m.
Tuesdays; premiered Aug. 31.
At 83, Carl Reiner has a busy life as
a film actor (Ocean's Twelve is next); a
writer of novels, memoirs and chil-
dren's books; and an involved father of
three and grandfather of five. So why
get involved in a TV series?
The script made him laugh.
"It's hilarious, it's so well written,"
says Reiner of Father of the Pride, an
adult cartoon in which he voices lion
patriarch Sarmoti. Plus, the time com-
mitment is minimal, requiring just a
few hours' recording time and no
wardrobe or makeup. "You can act in
your underwear," Reiner remarks.
Not surprisingly, the comedy icon
injects a bit of Yiddishkeit into his vet-
eran Vegas character, although the ani-
mal's "religion" isn't explicitly stated.
Reiner's been doing that since his
days as a Show of Shows writer
and actor-writer on the Dick
Van Dyke Show.
"We used our Jewish sensibili-
ties, even though we didn't say
what religions [the characters]
were," he says.
Daryl Sahara can be heard as
Reiner's lion cub grandson on
the show; he's otherwise in bar
mitzvah mode, studying for a
double bar mitzvah (he's a
twin) next year.
Reiner grew up less observant
than his largely Orthodox
friends in the Bronx and
remembers making excuses for
his father's absence at shul on
the High Holidays — thus
learning the art of the ad lib.
"I had a bootleg bar mitz-
vah," he explains. "I went for
six months to a rabbi who
taught me. I learned the letters,
but I couldn't really read.
Will he be the
has a role
on page 62
is a troubled psychiatrist
In "Clubhouse," convert to '
Judaism Mare Winningham
plays a Catholic mom.
Oliver Hudson, Goldie Hawn's son,
heads up family drama "The Mountain."
Shatner is an
on "Boston Legal:"
It's a reunion for
"The Nanny's" Fran Drescher