Picks and Pans Review: Route 66

updated 06/07/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/07/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Tuesdays, 8 p.m. ET)


This is a juiced-up but rather forced remake of the '60s series about a pair of freewheeling dudes, tooling around the country in a Corvette convertible. (Gee, was there really a point in our lifetimes when George Maharis and Martin Milner, the original stars, were considered dangerously bohemian?) Today's drifters are played James Wilder (Equal Justice), who has a haunted James Dean quality, and Dan Cortese, hyper host of MTV Sports and Burger King spokesmodel. Together they encounter people with problems, beautiful babes and picture-postcard scenery.

In other words, this isn't that much different from Michael Landon's last series, Highway to Heaven. Your enjoyment of the show will depend primarily on your threshold for Cortese and his imitation of Michael Keaton at his most manic. Personally, I liked the guy and still found myself bailing out around 20 minutes into each episode.

In reality, Route 66, the old trans-coastal highway, doesn't exist anymore. Neither does the allure of two guys out on the open road, bombing around aimlessly.

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