Ah, but there was a point to all this: The network actually played off Caruso's ham-fistedness
, featuring fresh clips of the actor introducing each night of the new schedule with a hackneyed Caruso-ism retooled to describe the new lineup: (paraphrasing) "Cordon off CBS' Friday night, because -- (campy pause as he dons his sunglasses) it's a killer.
Where there had been ham-fistedness
, there was finally some guile and intelligence.
This time it was ham-fistedness
, not a cocked-up start, that dumped him on to the sidelines with his helmeted head buried in his arms.
She's hardly the only culprit: Director Paolo Barzman does nothing to modulate her hopelessly conceived role, encouraging such ham-fistedness
with overwrought camerawork and editing.
And so, there are a handful of scenes here that really wrench you from the proceedings with their ham-fistedness
- you might think you've wandered onto ``Xena: The Pretentious Years'' or Lilith Fair's incarnation of a medieval-village tourist trap.