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Picks and Pans Review: Jack's Place

updated 05/25/1992 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/25/1992 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Tuesdays, 10 P.M. ET)

C

The first of the networks' summer series, this weak six-weeker stars Hal (Barney Miller) Linden as the proprietor of the bar-restaurant of the title. Finola (General Hospital) Hughes is a cocktail waitress, and John (Campus Man) Dye is a bartender. Each week they and a rotating cast of special guests (Linda Purl, Robert Guillaume, Denise Crosby, Mickey. Rooney and others) fall in and out of relationships.

Yes, love is all around in this show, which plays out like a cross between those dumb Tasters Choice freeze-dried romance commercials and Finder of Lost Loves, Tony Franciosa's old series. The stars are appealing, and Hughes in particular is a revelation of charm and range. But the series is much more syrupy than sweet. In one episode, special guest George Clooney, haunted by his dead wife, plays Olivia Newton-John singing the sound track from Xanadu to summon up his dearest's memory. Now, that's sappy.

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