Picks and Pans Review: Jake Lassiter: Justice on the Bayou

updated 01/09/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/09/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Mon., Jan. 9, 9 p.m. ET)

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Gerald McRaney (Delta Burke's real-life hubby) plays the title character, a former jock who once played defense for the New Orleans Saints and now practices it for a Crescent City law firm. He drives an old convertible that knocks and pings. He has a flamboyant secretary who wears a wardrobe that looks like Dr. Seuss designed it for Madonna. In other words, this is one of those "colorful" TV movies.

At least, it wants to be. It's neither as spicy nor as steamy as it thinks. The plot, spurred by a wrongful-death suit brought by a billionaire's widow, is both uninvolving and knotty. The major problem, though, is that the starring role calls for a good deal more sustained flamboyance than McRaney can summon up. He is often outshone by a supporting cast that includes Daphne Ash-brook and Robert Loggia.

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