Picks and Pans Review: Mckenna

updated 09/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Thursdays, 9 p.m. ET)

B-

A prodigal son (Eric Close) with the craggy name of Brick McKenna returns to Oregon to help with the family's wilderness-adventure company. As Close's father (Chad Everett of Medical Center) notes of their city-slicker customers: "You gotta make 'em believe they're Jeremiah Johnson. That's what they pay for." But festering between the two is the accidental death of the McKennas' elder, favored son.

The show, a somewhat stagnant tributary of A River Runs Through It, features beautiful scenery and has a familiar TV face in Everett. But this series will rise or fall depending on whether Close can achieve heartthrob status. The kid has definite star voltage, of a Tom Cruise variety. But this series is a little too damp and wholesome to ignite his career.

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