Picks and Pans Review: Veronica Clare

updated 08/05/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/05/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Lifetime (Tuesdays, 10 P.M. ET)

C-

Seems to be the season for female private eyes. Kathleen Turner is on the big screen in V.I. Warshawski (see review, page 13); television offers this new series, starring Canadian actress Laura (Night Heat) Robinson.

Robinson brings a good deal more glamour than plausibility to the role of the breathy detective. Her vacuity is appropriate for a show that while trying for a mysterious Samantha Spade style ends up murky and contrived. Tony Plana, Robert Beltran and Christina Pickles costar.

Veronica Clare is immediately preceded each week by Confessions of Crime (9 P.M. ET), a harshly graphic reality crime show hosted by Theresa Saldana, the actress who was attacked by a knife-wielding stranger nine years ago, and The Hidden Room (9:30 P.M. ET), a cluttered anthology drama series with a supernatural bent.

The trio constitutes Lifetime's first night of original programming. All shows:

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