Picks and Pans Review: Tennessee Ernie Ford: 50 Golden Years

updated 02/19/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/19/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

TNN (Sat., Feb. 17, 9 P.M. ET)

C

When you spend 50 years in a business, especially one as glamorous as showbiz, you deserve something more than this tacky tribute. The country music star gets a "this is your life" treatment as host Jim Lange trots out old friends (George Lindsey, Dinah Shore, Minnie Pearl, Molly Bee, George Gobel) and old clips from Ford's series of TV variety shows in the '50s and '60s—and then expects Ford to react. The tape segments do bring back what a relaxed and gracious entertainer "America's No. 1 pea picker" has been, despite this equivalent of an el-cheapo gold-plated watch.

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