Picks and Pans Review: The Commish

updated 10/07/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/07/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Saturdays, 10 P.M. ET)

C

The season's most beguiling performance can't redeem a humdrum drama. Michael (Wired) Chiklis plays the police commissioner of a suburban New York town, a character inspired by Anthony Schemberi, the unorthodox top cop in Rye, N.Y.

The series makes a weak slab at the Hill Street Blues mix of humor and pathos. But Chiklis is a marvel of believability, vividly creating a character who is disarming, droll, clever and compassionate. Theresa Saldana and David Paymer costar.

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