New series get a shot

Today's TV

March 05, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

The parade of new series continues.

"Beverly Hills, 90210" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The mother of the "Lost in Space" clan, June Lockhart, shows up as Donna's grandmother. Donna (Tori Spelling) is descended from the Space Family Robinson? This could explain a lot. Fox.

"Temporarily Yours" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Debi Mazar stars as an employment-challenged New Yorker. First, we see Deb DeAngelo (Mazer) quit a job because she doesn't like the sales tactics her boss insists on (kinda funny). Then, she's riding in a subway with a friend (lame). Third, Deb applies for a job at a temp agency (very funny) run by Joan Silver (Joanna Gleason, the best thing here) who isn't thrilled with her qualifications. Let's hope Deb spends a lot of time on the job. CBS.

"Feds" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- With the same guy who's responsible for "Law & Order" at the helm, this show should have been so much better. Unfortunately, it falls victim to one of the many traps "Law & Order" so deftly avoids: It's hopelessly cliched. Blair Brown is the U.S. attorney in charge of a passel of assistant U.S. attorneys going after everyone from drunken airline pilots to rogue cops beating up on Nazi skinheads to the Mob. CBS.

"Just Shoot Me" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The wacky goings-on at Blush magazine continue, as Maya (Laura San Giacomo) begins her first day by pursuing an expose on sweatshop workers -- a pursuit her dad, who's also her boss, tries to thwart. Will real journalism win out? NBC.

"EZ Streets" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Quinn (Ken Olin) learns his snitch is a cop gone bad. CBS.

Cable

"Any Place But Home" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- Any Thing But This Movie, unless you want to watch a film about really stupid people doing really stupid things. This movie has more twists than a pretzel (it's ostensibly about a child kidnapping, but not really), and it's not nearly as much fun. Stars Mary Page Keller and Joe Lando deserve better.

"Frank and Ollie" (9: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., Disney) -- Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston are two surviving members of Disney's legendary "Nine Old Men," the creative team, with Walt at its helm, that was responsible for everything from "Snow White" to "The Jungle Book." A fascinating account of the intricacies of the creative process, the movie is less effective when it focuses on Frank and Ollie's personal lives.

"The Jenny McCarthy Show" (10: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., MTV) -- Teen America's No. 1 lust object gets her own show, a weekly sketch-comedy series slated to include musical guests, short films and "comedic vignettes." Further proof that we're all residents of Planet Jenny.

Pub Date: 3/05/97

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