Picks and Pans Review: Models Inc.

updated 07/18/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/18/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Fox (Wednesdays, 9 p.m. ET)

B-

Sure this eagerly anticipated Melrose Place spinoff is about fashion models-a glossy, grasping gaggle of Cindy wannabes. But all is not vanity in Fox's latest drama of the depraved. No, no. It's much more. It's part underwear ad, part catfight, part Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and part psycho ward.

So far it's also pretty stiff and strident, particularly in regard to the acting. The only old pro in the cast is Dallas vet Linda Gray, executing an over-the-top Lucrezia Borgia imitation here. A crucial ingredient is missing from this soap mix: someone virtuous for the villains to scheme against. There's no one to root for except the questionable innocent played by Cassidy Rae (see story, page 56).

Even so, this is passable prime-lime fare. Which just goes to prove that while beauty may be only skin-deep, television is a good deal more shallow.

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