Picks and Pans Review: Artistic Differences

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

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

by Charlie Hauck

Hauck, a former writer-producer for Maude and a half dozen other sitcoms, brings an insider's expertise to this amiable satire about the making of a network series. His narrator, Jimmy Hoy, is a savvy though cynical producer who has been around the laugh track perhaps once too often. But he thinks he has a hit in his latest opus, All Rise, about a female judge who has a male ex-con for a housekeeper—a sort of Night Court meets Who's the Boss?

The jurist is played by a haughty prime-time diva named Geneva Hollander, who shows right away she's the boss, firing her hairdresser in a snit and hiring her personal trainer (and bed-mate) as coproducer. When she doesn't get her way, she sulks, cries, storms off the set.

Just who this bitch goddess is supposed to be based on will undoubtedly make for a lively guessing game at Hollywood parties. But out here in the studio audience, all the infighting gets a bit tedious. And in the recently axed Jackie Thomas Show, TV has already given us a fictional male counterpart who makes Geneva look like Mother Teresa. (Morrow, $21)

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