Picks and Pans Review: Paris (premiere)

updated 10/01/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/01/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (10 p.m. ET)

No problem keeping them down on the farm after they've seen this. The considerable talents of James Earl Jones, his taste for TV perhaps whetted by his fine performance in Roots: The Next Generations, are wasted by a standard cops-and-drama script so plodding it gives new meaning to the term flatfoot. Jones has been turned into a black version of a Kojak who eats peanuts instead of Tootsie Pops while solving-the-big-case-under-political-pressure. The audience knows whodunnit within the first 15 minutes. The only mystery is how many weeks into the TV season Jones can carry a melodrama with no suspense.


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