Picks and Pans Review: Man of the People

updated 09/16/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/16/1991 01:00AM

NBC (Sundays, 8 P.M. ET)

C-

One of TV's most cherished stars, James Garner returns in a sitcom as a hustler who takes his ex-wife's city council seat when she dies. He soon turns public service into a racket.

Kate Mulgrew has a nice turn as the politically astute mayor. Corinne Bohrer and George Wyner costar.

But Rockford II this ain't. In fact, it's a sour one-joke proposition: All the scams end up smelling like roses. Garner is that rare star whose charm can carry a show. Why give him a character too cynical for Dabney Coleman?

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