Picks and Pans Review: Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories

updated 11/04/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/04/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Tues., Nov. 5, 9 P.M. ET)


An unlikely trio of women take it off for Playboy. Michele (L.A. Law) Green plays a successful Chicago stockbroker who sees herself as a fat, ugly duckling. Amanda (A Year in the Life) Peterson plays a Yale student and editor of the campus newspaper who impulsively decides to shed her Goody Two-Shoes image. Lynda (Wonder Woman) Carter plays a 37-year-old mother of three who works in a bowling alley and poses to rekindle her husband's desire.

It's a Cinderella triptych. All three are presented as mousy types who blossom under the photographer's lights. And though they pay dearly for their moments of liberation, in the end—wouldn't you know it?—they decide the experience was worth it.

The inherent issues (pornography, exploitation of women) are quickly dismissed, the ironies are obvious and the women's motivations overboiled. Don't tune in to leer, either. It's not very sexy.

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