Picks and Pans Review: Network Picks Up the Beat from Mtv, but Will It Play?

updated 08/01/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/01/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>JULY 29 FRIDAY NIGHT VIDEOS NBC (12:30-2 a.m. ET) NBC succumbs to video-fever madness with this offering, a slick, 90-minute whirlwind showcasing rock's heaviest hitters. This new series is the brainchild of Saturday Night Live producer Dick Ebersol, whom NBC asked to create a package along the lines of cable's trailblazing MTV. Ebersol promises top-notch videos ("none of that singing into the microphone business") and has shelled out dough for exclusive "first-use rights" to some hot ones. Among the program segments is World Premiere Videos, which this week includes a new work by Styx {Haven't We Been Here Before?). Other weekly segments are Private Reels (at-home peeks of rock superstars), Hall of Fame Video (footage of yesteryear's big artists) and Video Vote (viewers pick their favorite). Unlike MTV, there are no veejays. "Why should I make somebody a star just for introducing a record?" says Ebersol. "Then I have to get them a limo."

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