Picks and Pans Review: Silk Stalkings

updated 12/02/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/02/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Thursdays, 11:30 P.M. ET)
USA (Sundays, 9 P.M. ET)

C

The same episode of this style-over-substance cop show airs on two channels each week: another joint venture in the new cost-cutting climate of '90s television.

Mitzi Kapture (love that name) and Hob Estes play the two hottest-looking homicide detectives in the universe, or in posh Palm Beach anyway. The title is their slang for high-society murders. Boy, do these two like to sling slang. "Look," he tells her as they work undercover in a bondage bar. "I want you to take it easy. These people are not equipped with standard wiring, and the I.I.A. are Fruit of the Loom killers." No, I don't have any idea what the I.I.A. is or what he's talking about, but it sure sounds snappy, doesn't it? And I'm no legal expert, but it seems to me almost everything they do with suspects constitutes entrapment. Ben Vereen seems to have dropped into the wrong show. He adds a jarring note of near realism as their superior officer.

Contrived? And then some. But it's shot with the kind of So-Flo art deco shine we haven't seen since Miami Vice. For CBS, this is one of the best spokes in its "crime time after prime time" wheel. For USA, this may be its best series, period. In neither case is that saying much.

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