Picks and Pans Review: New York News

updated 10/23/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/23/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Thursdays, 9 p.m. ET)

B-

The concept for this show—a drama about the deadline-driven staff of a failing New York City tabloid—was promising, but the reality is surprisingly pedestrian.

Mary Tyler Moore stars as the New York Reporter's results-oriented editor. Gregory Harrison is the voice-of-the-people columnist who has unlimited sources at all levels of society. The paper's other columnist is played by Guiding Light veteran Melina Kankaredes, who played a reporter last season on NYPD Blue. The two are bitter rivals, although I don't see why they have to fight for stories considering how easily each of them stumbles upon the Big Scoops. Kankaredes, after aiding a young girl who has fallen while ice-skating in Central Park, learns that her dad, a famous Broadway producer, is a deadbeat—and writes a juicy exposé about him. Madeline Kahn, as a flamboyant gossip, provides comic relief.

But the characters are humdrum and the plots are predictable. New York News won't make anyone's front page.

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