Picks and Pans Review: Foley Square

UPDATED 12/16/1985 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/16/1985 at 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Wed., Dec. 11, 8:30 p.m. ET)

B+

Here, following the real and resurrected MTM, is an MTM clone. And as clones go, it's not a bad one. This rendition is younger and yuppier—she wears a blue suit to work, with running shoes and socks over stockings—and her kitchen is bigger. But the differences end there. Margaret (As the World Turns) Colin plays a lovely but still lonely, sweet but not silly, smart but slightly insecure assistant D.A. named Alex. In the pilot, she wants a mate and runs a personals ad. It's difficult to believe that she'd have trouble finding a date—just as it was impossible to believe that Mary Richards ever spent Saturdays solo-but that's part of Alex's charm. The writing and direction are sometimes as forced as the audience's overenthusiastic reaction; there's not quite enough wit to go around. Still, Colin and the cast are engaging. If Foley Square can resist the temptation to copy MTM's show, maybe they'll be able to copy some of her appeal and her success.

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