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updated 09/09/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/09/1991 01:00AM

I'm a fan of HBO's sitcom Dream On, but it galls me that most episodes find some farfetched excuse to flash a woman's naked breasts. It's all too typical of pay-cable programming—a locker-room lewdness that squeals, "We're on cable! We're on cable! Look what we can get away with!" I'm not offended by nudity, except when it's so blatantly gratuitous. This week's bad made-for-cable movie Deadly Surveillance on Showtime, for instance, seems to exist primarily as a pretext to get actress Susan Almgren in and out of her underwear. Things don't have to be that way. This week HBO has one of the most intriguing TV movies in recent memory, Cast a Deadly-Spell, and it doesn't have to resort to overexposing anyone. Well, there is a naked gargoyle, but I assume the prurient interest of that scene is limited to other gargoyles.

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