Picks and Pans Review: Room for Two

updated 03/23/1992 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/23/1992 01:00AM

ABC (Tuesdays, 9:30 P.M. ET)

B-

Linda {Alice) Lavin aims for a TV comeback in this sitcom, which gets a tryout in the cushy post-Roseanne slot. (Coach goes into hiatus until May.) Lavin plays an Ohio widow who comes to visit her grown daughter (Patricia Heaton, who at one time worked as a copy clerk at PEOPLE) in New York City and never leaves.

Mom immediately begins sticking her nose in everywhere from the kitchen to the bedroom. In the ultimate act of meddling, Lavin even gets herself hired as an on-air personality on the TV morning show Heaton produces.

Despite its pervasively artificial tone, the show is briskly paced and often funny ("You're thinking of selling Dad's store?" says Heaton. "That store was his life." "No," replies Lavin, "the store was his hobby. Drinking was his life"). And it does present a rather mature (by TV standards) portrait of a mother-daughter relationship of the I love you/You're smothering me stripe.

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