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Season Five of "Spin City" sees huge changes, but the laughs keep coming
on May 29, 2011
The fifth season of "Spin City" is the first one for Charlie Sheen. Taking over for original series star Michael J. Fox who stepped away after an emotional fourth season finale to focus on Parkinson's disease research, Mr. Sheen capably plays new New York City Deputy Mayor Charlie Crawford. He is a very gifted dry comic actor, a trait I first noticed in the "Hot Shots!" movies, and that trait serves him well on "Spin City."
Mr. Sheen co-stars with Heather Locklear in this season, who returns as political strategist Caitlin Moore. Barry Bostwick is perfect as harmlessly clueless Mayor Randall Winston,and Alan Ruck always manages to make the humorous lecher Stuart Bondek sympathetic. Richard Kind is an awesome comic dynamo as neurotic Press Secretary Paul Lassiter.
I really like the fifth season of "Spin City." The writers roll with Sheen's reputation and make the humor racier than it is during the Fox years, but that's OK with me. It is still classy and funny, and I'm looking forward to its August 16th release date.