Picks and Pans Review: Delta

updated 09/21/1992 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/21/1992 01:00AM

ABC (Thursdays, 8 P.M. ET)

B

A year after her ugly departure from Declining Women...oops, Designing Women, a newly blond, kohl-eyed Delta Burke returns with her own Southern sitcom.

She plays Delta Bishop, a woman who leaves an unhappy small-town marriage to pursue her dream of becoming a country singer in Nashville. She gets a job in a nightclub owned by Earl (Police Woman) Holliman.

This redneck rialto is definitely on the lowbrow side and a little thin in the script. But it's brisk and breezy with a promisingly loony supporting cast, including Gigi Rice, Beth Grant and Bill Engvall. Burke herself has a sure and engaging comedic presence. She's like a female Jackie Gleason in the endearing way she embodies both cockiness and fragility. One thing, though: She can't sing a lick.

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