'Going Places' is meant to appeal to young folks

September 21, 1990|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic

"Going Places" is not as silly as it may seem on first premise.

The new ABC sitcom, which premieres at 9:30 tonight on WJZ-TV (Channel 13), is about four young people working together in Los Angeles on their first jobs in television. The two men and two women also live together in a fabulous house in Malibu.

The four are Charlie (Alan Ruck) and Jack (Jerry Levine), two brothers who just arrived from Chicago; Alex (Heather Locklear), who is from Colorado, and Kate (Hallie Todd), who has been living in L.A. a while.

They have been brought together byDawn (Holland Taylor), a crass-but-ultimately lovable television producer, to help buck up her failing show, "Here's Looking at You." The show's described as "like 'Candid Camera,' but without the bald guy." Dawn, who lives next door, owns the fabulous beach house they live in.

This show is from Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett, who now produce two-thirds of ABC's Friday night lineup -- "Full House," "Perfect Strangers," "Family Matters." They are smart guys who know how toappeal to young viewers.

There are several ways that "Going Places" goes after that audience, which judging from the pilot could range from grade school to college.

There are the brothers. Levine and Ruck are pretty good physical actors, like Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker in "Perfect Strangers." Their characters do a lot of knockabout physical schtick like Larry and Cousin Balki. Young viewers enjoy that.

Then there's Heather Locklear in tight shorts for the grade school and high school boys to fantasize about.There are also the fantasies of two guys and two girls living together in this great house.

Tonight's episode is about the kids staying up all night to try and come up with a script for "Here's Looking at You." They are on probation. It better be good.

"Going Places" certainly isn't groundbreaking television, but it isn't dumb either. It is probably going to result in very brisk postersales for Heather Locklear.

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