Picks and Pans Review: Due South

updated 04/25/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/25/1994 01:00AM

CBS (Sat., April 23, 9 p.m. ET)

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A Mountie (Paul Gross) from northernmost Canada, a straight-arrow who makes Dudley Do-Right look dissipated, hunts for his father's killer, a search that takes him to the urban wilderness of Chicago. There he's teamed with a gritty cop (David Marciano of Civil Wars). Gross, who resembles a young Larry Hagman, may be out of his element. But beneath his humorless, robotic manner, he's a sharp observer and deducer.

Yes it's an old formula, sort of a cross between McCloud and the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Red Heal. But writer-producer Paul Haggis breathes fresh life and intelligence into the hoary schematic of mismatched buddies. He also finds roles for Kaye Ballard (anyone remember The Mothers-in-Law?) and Ken Pogue.

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