Picks and Pans Review: Tv Series Saved by Radical Surgery
updated 10/28/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 10/28/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST
On Baby Talk (Fridays, 9:30 P.M. ET) ABC threw out the bathwater but kept the baby—barely. Star Julia Duffy has been replaced by Mary Page (Open House) Keller, a much warmer and more engaging actress. By downplaying the talking tot and bringing in a blue-collar romantic interest (Scott Baio, as the super of Keller's apartment building), the show has upgraded itself from disastrous to respectable. All right, lines like "Do you think Mrs. Mozart ever asked Wolfie that question?" aren't the soul of wit. But Baio must be pinching himself. After spending most of his career on brain drains like Joanie Loves Chachi and Charles in Charge, Baio must feel like he landed in Noel Coward's salon.