Picks and Pans Review: Thursday, August 4

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

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

ABC (8-8:30 p.m. ET)

This new five-week series is a real shot in the arm for the summer TV doldrums. Each of the magazine-style segments focus on different aspects of Southern California life-style. The lead story in the premiere episode concerns the age-old dream of "making it in Hollywood." Actresses Cynthia (Staying Alive) Rhodes, Jennifer (Flashdance) Beals and Pia (Butterfly) Zadora discuss the consequences of sudden success. Zadora, who is not exactly a fresh face, proclaims of her rise to fame, "I think I'm a perfect example of women's rights." Another segment takes a breathless look at the muscle builders, resident weirdos and perplexed tourists in the beachside community of Venice. "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore," says one observer. Then there's an examination of California car culture that focuses on the variety of vehicles traveling the Los Angeles freeways. Chuck Henry, Johnny Mountain and John Schneider's new bride, Tawny, are the co-hosts. Produced by ABC affiliate KABC in Los Angeles, the series is a witty and well-edited look at Lotusland.

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