Picks and Pans Review: The Royals: Dynasty or Disaster

updated 06/14/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/14/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Fox (Fri, June 11, 9 p.m. ET)


There are two types of people in the world: those who have had quite enough of hearing about the machinations of the British royal family, thank you very much, and those who find the topic endlessly fascinating. This special is designed for the latter. And this being Fox, the Animal House of networks, you can be pretty sure they're going to come down firmly on the Disaster side of the proposition.

The program is a breathless rehash of stale scandal. Lively editing makes it eye-catching, but the content is quite common. The nadir comes with murky re-enactments of Squidgygate and Camillagate (the intimate, taped telephone conversations of Diana and Charles). And talk about tawdry: The actor playing Charles is picking his nose as he talks dirty on the phone. (On Fox it's a thin line between Al Bundy and the Prince of Wales.)

In a fittingly trashy bit of irony, the special is hosted by Catherine Oxenberg, who has played Di twice in movies on CBS and ABC and whose biggest acting credit remains a soap opera entitled Dynasty.

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