Picks and Pans Review: Catch Up

updated 03/09/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/09/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

Not a lot going on this week, so I give you a final (I hope) word on Amerika, the Tranquilizing of a Nation. I also was going to review two new series. I was going to call Hard Copy a low-budget Lou Grant about a bunch of vapid newshounds, an insult to reporters and viewers everywhere: D—. Then I was going to call Nothing Is Easy a textbook for turning a mediocre show, last fall's Together We Stand, into a bad show. Together, about a family with a rainbow coalition of kids, was no hit, so the network changed the title, killed the dad, Elliott Gould, and added maudlin mourning to the show's other cheap sentiments. I was going to give it a D and suggest they should have quit while ahead. Instead CBS quit while behind. The network just yanked both shows off the schedule, replacing them (and Designing Women) with movies. So much for this week's good news.

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