Picks and Pans Review: The News Is the News

updated 06/20/1983 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/20/1983 01:00AM

NBC (10-10:30 p.m. ET)

News is the subject and the target of this live prime-time series premiering tonight. Producer Herb Sargent jokingly describes the show as "a cross between That Was the Week That Was and 1984." Sargent, an editor of the original American version of TW3 and an éminence grise on Saturday Night Live, gathered a cast of "newsperformers" who will lampoon the week's events. "The news will be our straight line," he says. The regulars for this new venture are an impressive bunch of seemingly mismatched socks: Simon Jones (Bridey in Brideshead Revisited), Michael Davis (the comic juggler from Sugar Babies) and Broadway veterans Charlotte Moore and Trey Wilson. Monty Python's Michael Palin will be a special "London correspondent." From the look of things, there will be no sacred cows. "We might cover a dioxin-plant opening each week," says Jones. "We'll also have a critic who rates wars around the world." Dan Rather take note. The only difficulty for this new show may be that the news today is its own parody. As Michael Davis says, "We may be dealing with the same issues as Meet the Press."

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