Picks and Pans Review: Taping Tip

updated 11/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

>MAD ABOUT YOKO NEXT WEEK, ABC LAUNCHES THE eagerly anticipated Beatles Anthology trilogy. This week (Sun., Nov. 12, 8 p.m. ET) the NBC sitcom Mad About You features the acting debut of Yoko Ono, 62, the woman who was once universally blamed for breaking up the Fab Four. It's not just the timing that makes this the oddest example of stunt casting in the November sweeps; Ono's distant and enigmatic image would hardly seem compatible with sitcom buffoonery. "That's what's so incongruous about it," crows Mad's star and co-creator Paul Reiser, who has been trying to coax John Lennon's widow to appear on the series for more than two years. "A more wonderful and gracious person you could not possibly hope to work with," he enthuses of Yoko. "And it's not just a walk-by appearance," promises the comic. "She's really a part of the show, appearing in three scenes, getting laughs and having fun." Could this be the start of a new chapter in Ono's career? "Sure," jests a deadpan Reiser. "Up next: Tracey Ullman and Yoko Ono in Wacky Chicks!"

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