Picks and Pans Review: One on One with John Tesh

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

originally published 09/09/1991 01:00AM

NBC (Weekdays, 11 A.M. ET)

B-

NBC giveth and NBC taketh away. Having just canceled Bob Costas's intimate late-night interview show, the network premieres this late-morning celebrity interview/profile show, hosted by Tesh. (When I first saw the title, I though the Entertainment Tonight coanchor was staging a daily basketball challenge match.)

In his earnest, urbane fashion, Tesh narrates the assemblage of clips that precede each conversation. He conducts some of the interviews; the rest are done by one of the show's three female correspondents: Sandie Newton, Jennifer Valoppi and Jill Rappaport. The tone stops short of fawning, but it's not exactly combative, either. Even though nothing unexpected transpires, these relaxed sit-down interviews are an improvement on the sound bites we're used to seeing fly by in a blur. When the guests are interesting—early recipients of the Tesh treatment include Marcie Walker, Tommy Lasorda and Twiggy—this is a good show to spend a cup of decaf with.

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