Picks and Pans Review: I'll Take Romance

updated 11/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/26/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Sun., Nov. 25, 9 P.M. ET)

D+

Linda Evans (see story, page 132) plays a glamorous weathercaster who is coerced into serving as the bait for her Seattle TV station's Most Romantic Man Contest. She's a thoroughly practical woman with a perfect but dull fiancé (Tom Skerritt). Suddenly she finds herself besieged with suitors. Everybody is hitting on her. Except, of course, Prince Charming (Larry Poindexter), whom she meets completely by accident and who eventually succeeds in melting her cold, pragmatic heart. (The noses of experienced TV viewers are already flaring with the smell of a rat.)

It's a toss-up which is more annoying: the cheap cynicism of the opening or the empty sentimentality of the close. The comedy is badly acted all around, even by Alan Blumenfeld, the poor man's Dom DeLuise. Maybe Doris Day could have carried off this corny concept, but Evans sure can't.

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