Picks and Pans Review: For Love or Money
CBS (Tuesday, Nov. 20, 9 p.m. ET)
Let's hope that no network programming exec gets inspired by it, but this made-for-TV spoof has come up with a game show idea even nosier and nastier than The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and Love Connection. Believe it or not. On For Love or Money, the game show within the show, contestants are made to fall in love and then are offered a choice: each other or $1 million. Mary Kay Place as the gritty producer goes in search of contestants who would "sell out their mother for a toaster oven." She rejects dozens of applicants with her insults-in-code (SC means space cadet, CBD cute but dumb, NAB needs a bath) until she finds two perfect victims: Suzanne Pleshette and Gil Gerard. They're in it for the money. Pleshette needs funding for her boondoggle research on "animal altruism"; Gerard needs to pay back a loan shark. So they're sent on dates, winning more money as game show host Jamie (After MASH) Farr advances them from "nodding acquaintances" to "casual friends" to—a drumroll, please—"commitment. " You can guess the ending with ease: Love takes its toll. But on the way to it, there's lots to laugh at.
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