Although Cuba Gooding Jnr got the Oscar, and Tom Cruise had the catchphrase, 'Show me the money!', for many film fans the most enduring memory of the film Jerry Maguire is the extraordinary performance by young Jonathan Lipnicki as Ray, the little boy who is so special that Maguire marries his mother just to be near him. Ray talks all the time, and he usually talks the kind of nonsense that only makes sense if you are five, or so familiar with that five-year-old's life that you can work out all the references. Another little kid could have made that role nauseating. Lipnicki was irresistible because he, like Ray, was unique. No cute little button nose, no freckles, no big sad eyes, just a joyful expression, thick glasses and a thatch of blond hair. He is wasted, really in the new sitcom Meego (Pearl, 6.20pm). This is a series about an alien called Meego who comes down to live with a motherless American family, and the joke is that Meego doesn't really get what life on earth is all about. Bronson Pinchot, who plays Meego, is strange enough, and it doesn't really leave much room for Lipnicki's brand of weirdness. But if you have nothing better to do this evening, it is worth seeing anyway. Pinchot is very funny as Meego, who originally plans to stay around while his space ship is being fixed, and takes a job as a nanny with the Parker family. Lipnicki plays the youngest child, Alex, who is the only person who realises at first that Meego is an alien. The rest of the family just put his idiosyncrasies down to the fact he isn't American. The performances are decent enough, but production values are a bit on the cheap side, the set doesn't exactly wobble, but almost. The producers obviously decided to spend their money instead on special effects, which are pretty good - unusually so in a sitcom - and include Pinchot's face swelling and twisting when he tries to vacuum with his mouth. In another scene the local football coach is shrunk to the size of a pencil. Viewers, however, didn't switch on in sufficient numbers when Meego first went on air on CBS in the United States last September, and, by November, only six episodes down the line, CBS pulled it from the schedules. TVB says it has bought 13 episodes, although it is not clear if these have all been seen in the US. The fact that the network could invest so much money in a new show, and then pull it halfway through a season, says more about the fiercely unforgiving ratings battle in American television, than the quality of the programmes.