Wishbone the talking dog is back with new material At a glance

October 16, 1997|By David Zurawik

I love talking dogs.

I mean, Salem, the talking cat on "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," is OK. But give me a smart, wise-cracking dog any day.

Let's be honest: The genre's been down since "ALF" left the air. We die-hard fans of dog talk have had to get by the last couple of years with reruns of the same 40 "Wishbone" episodes on PBS, and those bones are getting a little old.

But today spells relief with the first new "Wishbone" in two years arriving on PBS. "Halloween Hound: The Legend of Creepy Collars" finds the little dog with the big imagination as Ichabod Crane in Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

It's supposed to be a prime-time special -- made a cost of about $1 million -- but MPT is airing it at 4 p.m., so mom and dad, set your VCRs.

What could be better than a Jack Russell terrier who makes you smile and urges kids to read? I give it four ALPO Variety Snaps and both paws up.

Pub Date: 10/16/97

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