Picks and Pans Main: Tube

updated 08/07/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/07/1995 01:00AM

THIS TIME OF YEAR, THE HOTTEST reading lists in Hollywood are ad agencies' picks for new fall hits. Network honchos are desperate to find the next ER, but this fancy forecasting isn't really necessary. For a mere $2.99 a minute, we called the LaToya Jackson Psychic Network, where the seer on duty, Zena, given only the titles of 42 upcoming shows, pronounced the following three the most likely to succeed:

Almost Perfect, a CBS comedy starring Nancy Travis: "This is a four-star show. I like the way that name comes out. I get a vibe of a couple trying to get involved and make a life together."

New York News, a CBS drama about a Manhattan newspaper starring Mary Tyler Moore: "I get a 100 percent positive feeling about this one. It sounds very mind-stimulating and exciting."

The Home Court, an NBC comedy with Pamela Reed as a judge: "It sounds very honest and open, something that people will want to see."

Go ahead, laugh if you want. But if Zena's picks are right, she'll be a network programming chief by October.

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