Picks and Pans Review: Programming Notes

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

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

>ANYTHING BUT CLUELESS NANCY DREW AND THE HARDY BOYS ARE together again, as brand-new syndicated series running, in most markets, back-to-back on weekends (check local listings). Prolific author Edward Stratemeyer, who launched both mystery series under pseudonyms (Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon) nearly 70 years ago, would hardly recognize his creations. Nancy, now a bright-eyed college student, is played by Tracy Ryan, who resembles a more voluptuous version of Karen Valentine. She has left the bucolic River Heights of her novels for the big city and is tackling such contemporary conundrums as the sightings of a dead grunge-rock star's ghost and the infiltration of a movie-pirating ring. On The Hardy Boys, Frank (Colin Gray) is now a reporter, and Joe (Paul Popowich) is a girl-crazy computer hacker. Their sleepy suburb of Bayport has become a bustling burg. Like Nancy, they are older and more worldly but not the least bit jaded. Though still aimed at a young audience, both shows pack surprisingly potent mysteries. There's life in these old kids yet.

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