02/25/1985 at 01:00 AM EST
ABC and producer Aaron Spelling wouldn't give us Hollywood Wives to preview last week. After seeing the first episode, we think we know why. The mini's little mysteries about who was who's son and brother and lover were laid out with neon. The casting, with some exceptions, made Wives look like a WPA for bad or bankrupt actors; take Suzanne Somers, who tries to masquerade as "the most beautiful, sensual sex symbol in the United States today." The good actors gagged on bad lines, and the attractive ones were stuffed into ugly gowns and subjected to cruel camera angles. Candice Bergen, for one, should sue for defamation of face. But that's the good news. The bad news is that this week's Evergreen makes last week's Hollywood Wives look like genius.