Picks and Pans Review: Bluegrass

updated 02/29/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/29/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sun.-Mon., Feb. 28-29, 9 p.m. ET)


One and only one scene makes Bluegrass notable. It is a graphic sex scene starring horses. Yes, right there on your living room screen these two naked beasts actually—how you say?—do it. Cheryl Ladd and her co-star, Brian Kerwin, watch these animals in The Act and then become amorously inspired themselves. They kiss. And there you have it: television's invention of a new form of safe sex. Aside from that historic occasion, Blue-grass is just a generic miniseries, video Muzak that fills the screen and occupies the eyes but doesn't stick to the brain. Ladd plays a Kentucky horsewoman who takes her dead husband's money and buys a farm next to the one where bad guy Wayne (M*A*S*H) Rogers tried to rape her when she was a girl. Kerwin as an alcoholic farm manager, Anthony Andrews as an Irish ne'er-do-well and Mickey Rooney (or his wax museum double) as a rich guy all get involved when Ladd vows to breed a champion and beat Rogers at the Kentucky Derby. But the action is as dull as the acting. Here, the horses get all the good scenes.

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