Picks and Pans Review: Entertainment Tonight

UPDATED 07/23/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/23/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

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It would be a glaring omission if, in reviewing ET, we did not acknowledge the comparisons that have been made between it and this magazine. There are similarities: Both cover the entertainment industry and both do it in a breezy style. But the average ET report is so brief, it makes this review seem novel-length. Breezy isn't quite the word for it; tornadoesque is. That's okay, though, for it means that ET is as slickly produced and snappily edited as a decent rock video. It's supposed to hold your attention for a few minutes and it does. What suffers is depth; there's barely time to ask questions of the celebs, let alone get answers (as Saturday Night Live demonstrated in the best of many ET parodies on TV last season). ET is just a fun little show about fun little things and that's fine; in fact, it's great. Alan Thicke and all those blooper shows should be so lucky.

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