Picks and Pans Review: The Final Chapter
With its last installment, this canceled series about the cosmetics industry goes out not with a bang but a whiff. In a special two-hour episode, Lady Bobbi (the Jackie O character, played by Jennifer O'Neill) assumes the role of spokeswoman for her daughter's new Ma Femme perfume, but her wealthy Greek fiancé, Niko (Ian McShane), objects. He sets out to destroy the entire cosmetics clan, including, we hope, daughter Tyger Haynes, insipidly acted by Genie Francis. O'Neill and McShane are graceful actors who have tried hard with one-dimensional roles, but Francis has done no credit to her soap opera beginnings with a performance that has alternated between flat and whiny. And Jessica Walter, another good TV actress, seems to have taken Southern-accent lessons from Bette Davis (in Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte). This nighttime soap has proven that good trash, like Dallas and Dynasty, can be as hard to come by as good art.
TUESDAY, JUNE 14