Picks and Pans Review: Winnetka Road

updated 03/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Saturdays, 10 p.m. ET)


This hazy new prime-time soap charts the tangled lives of midwestern suburbanites. The program is built on the customary soap pillars of romance and treachery. But the plotting is discursive, the humor misbegotten and the dialogue elliptical. As if that's not enough, the show commits the cardinal sin for a serial: Its stories are uninvolving.

What Winnetka Road does have is an overqualified ensemble cast, including Josh Brolin, Ed Begley Jr., Meg Tilly, Catherine Hicks, Paige Turco (who may be best known to TV audiences for her flattering Special K commercial), Kurt Deutsch, Megan Ward, Kristen Cloke, Eddie Bracken, Harley Venton and Richard Gilliland.

These appealing actors are trapped in a dramatic environment as opaque and disjointed as an Ionesco play. "You're not sure what they're supposed to be doing, and you sense that oftentimes, neither are they.

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