Picks and Pans Review: Trade Winds

updated 08/30/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/30/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Fri, Aug. 27, 9 p.m. ET)

C

Hoping to bolster its Friday-night lineup, NBC introduces a novel ploy, Great Escapes. Or better yet, make that a romance-novel ploy. For Great Escapes is a collection of discrete soap-opera miniseries.

First up is this howler, set on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, in which two prominent families make a stiff, stilted run through greed, lust and the other deadly sins (except for sloth, which on TV is the sole province of sitcoms). A large cast features Efrem Zimbalist Jr., John Beck, Michael Michele, Michael McLafferty, Anita Morris and Stephen Meadows, who in real life is married to ubiquitous infotainment pep-rallier Leeza Gibbons.

Really, I don't see how it constitutes a Great Escape to combine exotic settings, beautiful people, dull, dumb writing and bad acting. That's just TV as usual. After this two-hour premiere, Trade Winds will blow over on four consecutive Fridays at 10 p.m. ET.

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