Picks and Pans Review: Midnight Caller

updated 10/24/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/24/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Tues., Oct. 25, 10 p.m. ET)

A-

Haul out those superlative S-words: Here is the stylish, sexy, sassy, sizzling new series of the season. Gary Cole, who was super in Fatal Vision, plays a cop who quits his job for a tragic reason I won't give away. Then Wendy Kilbourne, who was gorgeous in North and South, hires him to become the host of a midnight talk show on her San Francisco radio station. Research tells her that people want to talk about crime. So who better to hire than an ex-cop, especially the one other cops call the Mouth. In this first show, one of Cole's callers turns out to be a lovely but loony serial killer named Angel. "He just wanted to have fast-food sex," she says of one of her victims. "If you saw me, Jack, you'd want to have sex with me, too." Cole tells her and his radio audience, "Angel, you don't sound like my idea of a fun date." But soon Cole is pursuing her, trying to stop her before she kills again. And all this action is accompanied by real steamy (there's another S-word) music. Midnight Caller is a new generation of cops-and-robbers shows. Radio-hosts-and-robbers; same difference.

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