Cushy slot may not help 'Veronica'

September 25, 1997|By David Zurawik

The conventional wisdom is that you can put any show, no matter how bad, between "Seinfeld" and "ER" and still have a hit.

But "Veronica's Closet," a new sitcom starring Kirstie Alley, might just be a wisdom-buster.

It is not an awful sitcom. After all, it comes from the same team of Kevin Bright, David Crane and Marta Kauffman that created "Friends" (which is the reason it got the cushy time slot in the first place).

The problem is Alley. You either love her or hate her with a love or hate that no television personality since the late Howard Cosell has probably known.

NBC has never tried to ride the "Seinfeld" coattails with a star whom people will go out of their way to zap while waiting for "ER" to start.

Alley is frenetic in virtually every frame of the pilot as a former model turned romance author and lingerie maven, Veronica Chase. She writes books with such titles as "The Guide to a Fairy Tale Marriage," while her husband cheats on her without shame or remorse.

"Poor, little Veronica," is what we are supposed to think.

"Na-na-na-na. Na-na-na-na. Hey-hey-hey, goodbye," is what I'm guessing a lot of viewers will be feeling instead.

'Veronica's Closet'

What: Series premiere

Where: NBC (WBAL, Channel 11)

When: 9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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