Picks and Pans Review: Cover Up

updated 10/15/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/15/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Saturdays, 10 p.m. ET)

Rest well tonight, Western World, for your fate is in the hands of Jennifer O'Neill, as a fashion photographer, and Jon-Erik Hexum, as a Green Beret Vietnam vet turned model. In the premiere alone they foiled the smuggling of a computer that would have "changed the balance of power in the civilized world." And they've only just begun. Cover Up tries to capture the ambience, albeit limited, of Scarecrow and Mrs. King. But it fails, for as a couple, O'Neill and Hexum are less than electric; they pack about a one-volt charge. The show is silly, excessively violent (not content with pistols, it fills the screen with machine guns) and produced on the cheap: The premiere's armed-camp, Latin-dictatorship setting looked oddly like L.A. Guest star Louis Jourdan reviewed the show best when O'Neill stuffed him full of truth serum and he muttered: "It's absurd."

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